Sunday, September 11, 2011

CMPD Officer Involved Shooting in Eastway Division

Courtney Miller
UPDATES:  Homicide Unit Detectives have made four arrests in reference to the Armed Robbery from person that occurred prior to the officer involved shooting.  Eastway Division officers arrested Ronald DeWayne Deese at the scene and detained LaToya McRae.

Homicide Unit Detectives identified the remaining two suspects, LC Melton and Courtney Skie Miller and signed Armed Robbery warrants on all four suspects. The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team later arrested Mr. Melton and Ms. Miller on a traffic stop.

Officer Joshua Skipper was the first officer to arrive on scene and make contact with the robbery victim and the occupants of the suspect vehicle. As Officer Skipper waited on his backup to arrive, one of the suspects ran from the scene. Officer Skipper chased after him and a scuffle ensued on the ground as Officer Skipper attempted to place the suspect in handcuffs.
LaToya McRae

The robbery victim followed Officer Skipper as he attempted to arrest the suspect who fled the scene. Moments later, Officer Blue arrived on scene and ran towards Officer Skipper to assist placing the suspect in custody. Officer Skipper carries a backup pistol, as allowed by CMPD Directives, which came out of his holster unbeknownst to Officer Skipper while placing the suspect under arrest. The robbery victim picked up Officer Skipper’s backup pistol and walked back towards the suspect vehicle and pointed it at the suspect who remained at the vehicle. Officer Skipper then noticed that the robbery victim was pointing a handgun at the suspect who remained at the vehicle.

Officer Skipper told Officer Blue to tell the man to drop the weapon. Officer Blue at the time was unaware that the man holding the gun was in fact the victim of a robbery. Officer Blue repeatedly commanded the robbery victim to drop the weapon, at which time the robbery victim turned towards the officers and pointed the weapon directly at them. Officer Blue then fired his weapon three times at the victim, striking him once in the leg. The officers called Medic for the victim and he was transported to CMC where he was treated and released.  Officer Blue is on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation into the shooting.

There will be no charges filed against the robbery victim.
LC Melton
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit and ADW Unit are conducting an investigation into an officer involved shooting in the 4900 block of Central Avenue at the Central Pointe Apartment Complex. The call for service was reported at 3:22 a.m., on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The subject who was shot has been transported to Carolinas Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury to the leg.

Eastway Division Officers responded to a call for service in reference to a robbery. Upon arrival, the first responding officer encountered a vehicle in the parking lot outside 4903 Central Avenue and a subject pointing towards the car. As additional officers arrived, multiple suspects jumped from the vehicle and ran from the scene.

A scuffle ensued on the ground as an officer attempted to take one of the vehicle’s occupants into custody. Officer Prince Blue noticed a subject standing nearby holding a handgun and ordered him to drop the weapon multiple times. After seeing the subject raise the handgun, point it in the direction of officers and refuse to drop the handgun, Officer Blue fired his pistol at least once, striking him once in the leg. Medic responded to the scene and transported the subject to Carolinas Medical Center. Two vehicle occupants have been detained. Detectives are canvassing the complex to determine if there are any additional witnesses to this incident.

Ronald Deese
Officer Prince Blue has been a member of the CMPD since September 14, 2009. He is currently assigned to the Eastway Division as a Patrol Officer. Detectives with the Homicide Unit are conducting the shooting investigation while Detectives with the Internal Affairs Unit will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Fitch is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.