District Attorney: CMPD officer acted lawfully in fatal shooting

District Attorney: CMPD officer acted lawfully in fatal shooting

District Attorney: CMPD officer acted lawfully in fatal shooting

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by BERNADETTE JAY / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:24 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The District Attorney’s Office said there was no evidence that a CMPD officer acted unlawfully during the fatal shooting of Michael DeAngelo Laney.

The shooting happened on July 2, 2012 on Crestview Drive when a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer, Anthony Holzhauer, shot and killed 28-year-old Laney.

Investigators say it started when officers tried to stop Laney, who was on a red scooter.  Reportedly, the scooter fit the description of a vehicle used in a June 25th armed robbery.

Authorities said they attempted to stop the scooter, but the Laney tried to get away and ran to his house on Crestview Drive.

Officers reportedly struggled with Laney when they caught him. Investigators say Laney then reached for a gun and Officer Anthony Holzhauer fired.

On Monday, the District Attorney’s office released to the public their letter to Police Chief, Rodney Monroe, regarding their investigation.

Part of the letter stated, “…based on the information presented to the District Attorney’s Office, we agree there is no evidence that Officer Holzhauer acted unlawfully.  This review focuses only on North Carolina law regarding the use of deadly force and specifically does not address issues relating to CMPD directives for policies.”

Click here to read the letter in its entirety click here.





 
 

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