Man killed in north Charlotte. Was it a crime or self-defense?

Mecklenburg County prosecutors will review a Friday evening homicide to determine whether a crime was committed.

Shortly after 8 p.m., police were sent to the 4600 block of Gibbons Link Road in north Charlotte to investigate a reported shooting. When officers arrived, the found a man, later identified as 21-year-old Robert Demarcus McManus, lying in the roadway. McManus was taken to a hospital, where he died.

While interviewing witnesses, detectives learned that McManus had been seen behaving violently minutes before he was shot. Witnesses told police he had smashed a car windshield, punched a women he did not know who was sitting inside a second vehicle and then began jogging down Gibbons Link Road, where he threw himself onto the hood of a passing vehicle. When the driver of that vehicle stopped, McManus smashed out one of its windows, at which time the driver shot him.

The shooter then drove about 100 yards before stopping to call 911. Police recovered a gun and the shooter was taken to CMPD headquarters for questioning. A CMPD spokesman said the shooter and McManus did not know one another.

“This case will be presented to the District Attorney’s office who will review the evidence and determine if the suspect will be prosecuted,” the CMPD spokesman said in a statement.

The shooter’s name was not released, pending the outcome of the district attorney’s investigation.

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