Man fatally shot by police at south Charlotte home

Man fatally shot by police at south Charlotte home

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 6:25 AM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot a man after he tried to attack police with garden shears at a home in south Charlotte on Friday. 

The shooting took place at a home in the 10000 block of Takeridge Court just north of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Interstate 485 during a domestic incident.

The initial call to police took place at 9:49 a.m. 

According to police, an elderly woman locked herself inside the home and called a mental health worker for help with her grandson who was identified as 26-year-old Clay Crawford McCall.  The case worker called police.

Officers arrived at the home and met McCall in the garage.  Police said McCall grabbed garden shears and charged at the officers. 

An officer deployed a Taser, but it did not work, according to police.  A second officer at the home fired his gun and shot McCall in the stomach, police said. 

McCall was transported to Carolina Medical Center -- Main where he later died. 

Police said McCall had a history of mental health issues and had recently been released from prison for a manslaughter charge.

NewsChannel 36's Glenn Counts spoke with the McCall's grandmother after the deadly shooting. She expressed disbelief that the police had to use deadly force against her grandson.

"The more I think about it the more I feel like they could’ve controlled him -- got them shears away from him," she said. "They were right there beside him! Anyway, it’s a cruel thing, they killed him. They did. Why did they? If they had to shoot, they could’ve shot his leg -- not understandable -- he wanted to get on with his life."

McCall was arrested for shooting and killing his father at their South Park home in April 2006.

Both officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.
    
Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate investigation to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.  

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