2 killed in Charlotte in weekend violence

Two people were killed in Charlotte in separate incidents over the weekend — one a 28-year-old man who died in what police said was a case of domestic violence.

CMPD identified that victim as Luis Felipe Ramirez-Flores, who died early Sunday from a gunshot wound.

The shooting was reported at 6:36 a.m. inside an apartment in the 1000 block of Tara Lane, near the Hidden Valley neighborhood in northeast Charlotte. Others were inside the apartment when the shooting happened.

Police arrested 29-year-old Heather Nicole Ricci and charged her with murder. A CMPD spokesman said Ricci and Ramirez-Flores knew one another but didn’t say what led to the shooting.

CMPD detectives also are investigating a fatal shooting that happened last Friday in the 2700 block of Tuckaseegee Road in northwest Charlotte.

When officers arrived shortly after 11 p.m., they found Richard William Carter Jr., 48, lying in a parking lot. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police did not say what led to the shooting or whether they had a suspect in the case.

In other crime news:

Police charged a19-year-old man with failing to properly store a firearm after a 3-year-old boy found the gun and fired it, accidentally injuring himself and the gun’s owner. Neither was seriously hurt.

The shooting happened late Friday inside a motel in the 4300 block of Old Interstate Road. The 19-year-old also was charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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A CMPD officer was arrested Friday on allegations that he padded his time sheet, resulting in the department paying him more than he had earned.

Detectives said the alleged deception cost the department about $7,000.

Officer Todd Beltrone was arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, a felony.

Investigators allege that Beltrone falsified his time sheet 19 times between July 2018 and March 2019.

Beltrone, employed by CMPD since June 23, 1999, was placed on unpaid administrative leave. He most recently was assigned to patrol in the southern division.

In a statement, Chief Kerr Putney said he was disappointed in the arrest.

“I expect all of our employees to conduct themselves with integrity and honor that our profession deserves,” he said. “We will always hold ourselves accountable.”

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