CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local pastor is defending the police after an undercover drug deal in a school parking lot turned deadly.
Pastor Wanda Gipson with Freedom Ministries of Jesus Christ International met with police Thursday and says she is satisfied with their explanation about Tuesday's incident at the Hidden Valley Elementary School parking lot.
"Sergeant Schul explained the incident occurred where it did and the job of those undercover officers was to protect the informant," Gipson wrote in an email. "Our community still has a lot of problems. Many criminals still live there and work outside of the Valley. They must know CMPD is watching and they must stop this destructive behavior, or the same fate may await them."
Meanwhile, surviving suspect 17-year-old Davion Drayton made his initial appearance in court Thursday. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Police say Drayton and fellow 17-year-old Jaquaz Walker met a confidential informant and undercover police officer in the school parking lot after agreeing to sell marijuana.
Investigators say either Drayton or Walker shot the informant as the drug deal ended.
Police shot back and killed Walker. Drayton escaped but was arrested in Hidden Valley Wednesday, not far from the shooting.
Drayton's mother, who did not tell NBC Charlotte her name, claims her son is innocent.
"My son didn't shoot, didn't have a gun,” she said.
"He didn't have anything to do with this. He's not that kind of person at all," said cousin Jaahkii Harris. "If anything, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time."
A judge ordered Drayton held on a $50,000 bond. If he makes bond, he'll have to wear an ankle monitor.
Records show Drayton has a prior arrest in March 2013 for possession with intent to sell marijuana.
He is due in court June 28 for a bond hearing, and July 10 for a probable cause hearing.