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CMPD officer kills pedestrian while driving to accident scene

The crash happened early Saturday near the intersection of E. Morehead Street and Euclid Avenue near uptown Charlotte.

A CMPD officer heading to an accident scene struck and killed a pedestrian early Saturday near uptown Charlotte.

Authorities withheld the victim’s name pending notification of family members.

The collision happened shortly after 3:20 a.m. near the intersection of Morehead Street and Euclid Avenue.

The department identified the officer as Phillip Barker, who has been employed with CMPD since January 2016. He was treated at Presbyterian Hospital for minor injuries.

According to a CMPD report, three marked patrol cars were responding to a collision with injuries after a vehicle struck a building in the 800 block of E. Stonewall Street. As the patrol cars were traveling on Morehead Street, passing Euclid Avenue, Baker’s patrol cars struck a pedestrian, who died at the scene.

CMPD said the pedestrian was struck while in the roadway but offered no additional details, such as whether the officer had activated the emergency lights on his patrol car, or whether the victim was in a crosswalk or was crossing against a red light.

The district attorney’s office and CMPD internal affairs have launched separate investigations.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Detective Steve Williams at (704) 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.


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