DA: Officers Cleared In Fatal 2021 Shooting Of Man At East Charlotte Walmart

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No charges will be filed against the two officers involved in the deadly shooting of Derrell Raney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney Spencer B. Merriweather announced on Friday.

Both Officer Longworth and Officer Edmunds have be cleared in the deadly shooting that occurred outside the Walmart on Albemarle Road in East Charlotte back in November.

In a letter sent by the DA’s office, Merriweather said “The evidence in this case would be insufficient to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Officers Edmunds and Longworth did not act in defense of themselves or another. The corroborated evidence tends to show that Officers Edmunds and Longworth were indeed reasonable in their belief that the decedent posed an imminent threat of great bodily harm or death to themselves and the public.”

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Update (11/5/21):

Police have identified the man shot and killed by officers in east Charlotte Friday night as 33-year-old Derrell Raney.

Both officers involved in the incident have been identified as James Longworth and Micah Edmunds.

Officer Longworth was hired by CMPD on June 18th, 2019 and Officer Edmunds was hired by CMPD on June 27th, 2016.

Police say both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after an officer discharges their weapon.

Original Story (11/5/21):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man died Friday night after being shot by police in east Charlotte.  

The shooting happened around 5:50p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Walmart at 9101 Albemarle Road.

CMPD says the man threatened a Walmart store security guard with a gun and then pointed it at CMPD officers.  Chief Johnny Jennings says two officers fired at the man.

Medic took the man to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  No officers were hurt.

Jennings say officers recovered the gun used to threaten the officers and that there is body camera video and surveillance video of the incident.

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WCCB Charlotte’s Alexandra Elich asked Chief Jennings about any de-escalation efforts. “There was really no time, as soon as the officers approached, they were threatened with the firearm, so they didn’t even have time to communicate with the individual.  And we say all the time that it takes two to de-escalate so we have to be able to talk to that individual and communicate with that individual,” said Jennings.

The name of the man killed and the officers who were involved have not been released at this time.

The officers are being placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into what happened, which is also standard procedure.