Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released new details about the Monday night officer-involved shooting that left a suspect in critical condition.
CMPD identified the officers involved as Shon Sheffield, Joseph Bauer and James Tindall.
The incident began shortly after 10 p.m. with a 911 call reporting a breaking and entering at a home in the 1900 block of Holly Street. When the officers arrived, the suspect, Johnathan Autry, 28, was holding a pregnant woman at gunpoint.
The officers repeatedly ordered Autry to drop the gun and let the woman go, according to CMPD. The officers opened fire when the woman “managed to create a slight separation between herself and the suspect,” according to a department spokeswoman.
Autry was shot multiple times and taken to a hospital. As of late morning on Tuesday, he was listed in critical but stable condition.
The three officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings.
When Autry is released from the hospital, he will be charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, CMPD said.
The woman and a child who were inside the home were not harmed. Witnesses told police a second suspect – a short, heavyset black male wearing dark clothing – fled before police arrived.
Police said the family was not randomly targeted. Although the victim and suspect did not know each other, the suspect called the name of the victim’s husband while demanding money. The husband was not home at the time of the incident.