The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is being investigated following the in-custody death of a shooting suspect early Monday.

The investigation, handled by State Bureau of Investigation, comes after the suspect was apprehended by police then taken to a hospital, where he died.

According to a statement from CMPD, at around 2 a.m., officers went to the 300 block of Featherstone Drive, near the Hidden Valley neighborhood in north Charlotte, after getting a call about shots fired into an occupied dwelling.

When the police got there, they found shell casings and the suspect, 32-year-old Jovontay Avery Williams.

The CMPD statement said Williams “was acting erratically, exhibiting stress and delirium.” At the scene, officers recovered a gun and drug paraphernalia.

 Officers contacted Medic and then apprehended the suspect without using any weapons.

Williams was taken by MEDIC to Atrium University hospital in a “life-threatening condition.” He was later moved to a second hospital for more intensive care, the department said.

Around 10 a.m., Williams died at Northeast Medical Center. 

CMPD’s Internal Affairs division is conducting a separate investigation to determine whether officers at the scene followed the department’s policies and procedures. CMPD’s violent crimes division is investigating the initial crimes that led to the call for service.

Williams’ in-custody death was the second in two days for local law enforcement.

On Saturday at about 9:46 a.m., an inmate at the uptown jail was found unresponsive in his cell, according to the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office. Staff at the jail gave the inmate emergency assistance, including CPR, until paramedics and the Charlotte Fire Department arrived. Emergency treatment continued, but the inmate, identified as Tommy Hucks, was pronounced dead at the jail.

Hucks was booked into the jail on June 5 on drug and traffic charges. He was 42 years old.

Jalon is a general assignment reporter for QCity Metro. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and an avid sports fan. (

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