The Wild West came to East Charlotte last Thursday when CMPD officers responded to a call from a women's boyfriend who was concerned that the women's son was drunk and walking around her house with a shotgun.
When the dust settled 25 year old Cody Richmond was in custody and his mother's house in shambles.
According to several media reports the trouble began around 11:30 p.m., when a man called 911 and hung up. When dispatchers called back, Richmond's mother answered the phone and told them that her son was drunk and upset but that she would take care of things and then she hung up.
Fearing an escalating situation dispatchers sent police.
When officers arrived, Richmond's mother told the officers that she was trying to "defuse" the situation. But as she was talking to them, Richmond fired a shot into a backyard shed.
That's when police locked her in the back of a police car, and called in the SWAT team.
But before the SWAT team arrived, officers reacted to additional gun fire. In all police say Richmond fired 30 times at officers with a 12 gauge shot gun and officers fired back about 60 times.
It is unclear if Richmond was actually targeting police or just firing randomly. Neighbor's report that the house is substantially damaged with much of the damage from shotgun blasts.
But Police said their actions were justified.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Spokesman Rob Tufano said, "Richmond could have very easily killed a police officer or an innocent neighbor when he decided to fire 30 rounds in his drunken rage."
Without a doubt a drunk with a gun is a danger to everyone nearby.
But why did CMPD officers fire their weapons 60 or more times? High powered bullets zipping though the neighborhood have a much greater range than 30 rounds of bird shot. Seems pretty heavy handed if you ask Cedar Posts.
The bigger question is what if anything were they shooting at? The shooter? And after 60 shots the guy was still standing? Anyone crazy enough to shoot at police is a major threat and wouldn't think twice about killing someone and should be taken out.
I thought the idea of SWAT was to contain and if necessary eliminate the threat?
One shot one kill? I'd think 60 bullets without a clear target is pretty out of control.