A man is dead after he was shot by an undercover CMPD officer after a traffic incident in east Charlotte.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not immediately identify the subject or release the name of the officer involved.
At a briefing with reporters Thursday, Deputy Chief Jeffrey Estes said the incident began at about 1:15 p.m. on Albemarle Road when a car driven by the undercover officer was sideswiped by a car driven by the suspect. The suspect did not stop after the collision, Estes said, so the undercover officer followed the car through traffic, calling in its location as the incident unfolded.
At some point during the pursuit, Estes said, the suspect stopped and got out of the car with a handgun. The officer, fired, Estes said, killing the suspect.
A second person in the car was taken into custody.
One person has died in officer-involved shooting on Albemarle Road. All Officers ok. Gun recovered at scene.
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Estes said investigators had not determined whether the suspect fired at the officer.
“It’s very early in the investigation, but that’s all we have right now,” he said.
Estes described the officer and the suspect as Hispanic males. He also said a gun was recovered at the scene.
When asked by a reporter whether the undercover officer turned on flashing lights to indicate that he was a police officer, Estes said he did not believe the car driven by the undercover officer was equipped with emergency lights.
Check back later. This story will be updated as more information is released.