CMPD: Suspect Killed During SW Charlotte Robbery Was Justified

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CMPD says the death of Wallace Scranton in February was justified and is no longer considered a homicide.

Detectives say the decision comes after a thorough investigation and consultation with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.

Original Story (Feb. 20, 2019):

CHARLOTTE, NC — Police are investigating the death of a robbery suspect who was held to the ground by employees last week in southwest Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Wallace Scranton III, 39, died on Monday at CMC after being listed in critical condition for several days.

Investigators say Scranton and another male suspect tried to rob the United Wireless Group on Green Park Circle just before 7pm on Thursday, February 14th.

During the robbery, police say one of the employees got into a “physical altercation” with Scranton and forced him to the ground. He was held there until officers arrived, but the second suspect reportedly managed to escape in a U-Haul truck that was parked outside.

Investigators say at least one employee fired a gun, hitting the U-Haul, but did not hit either of the suspects.

When officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly found Scranton in need of immediate medical assistance. CMPD says officers performed CPR until a pulse was regained, and then MEDIC transported him to CMC for treatment.

Police say investigators are working with the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

The second suspect is still at large after officials say the U-Haul truck was found abandoned on Center Park Drive on the day of the crime.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.