CMPD has recovered a bullet slug that investigators believe was fired by a 28-year old man who was killed this week by Charlotte-Mecklenburg undercover officer.
Josue Javier Diaz died Thursday when the officer shot him following a minor traffic collision that involved Diaz and the officer. According to CMPD, Diaz did not immediately stop after the collision but later got out of his car armed with a handgun.
CMPD has declined to name the officer because of the undercover nature of his work. Police said both men are of Hispanic descent.
In a statement sent to local media on Friday, CMPD said a weapon recovered at the scene was a .22 caliber revolver. In addition, the department said, homicide detectives located a bullet hole and projectile in the undercover detective’s car.
“The .22 caliber revolver was test fired and found to be in good operating condition,” a CMPD spokeswoman said in the statement. “The projectile recovered from the undercover detective’s vehicle was determined to be a .22 caliber round.”
The latest officer-involved shooting comes just months after Charlotte was roiled by a week of protests and riots following the September shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African American who also was killed by a CMPD officer.
On Thursday and Friday, a small group of protesters from the city’s Latino community gathered near the shooting scene on Albemarle Road to protest the killing.