Sunday, November 28, 2010

Follow Up to The CMPD Hidden Valley Shooting

From the Local Paper:

An officer involved in the shooting of a 69-year-old distraught over his wife's recent death has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for police involved in a shooting.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to L.C. Furtick's home in the Hidden Valley neighborhood Thanksgiving morning after receiving a report of a suicide threat. When they arrived, police said, Furtick was standing inside with a handgun. A SWAT negotiator spoke with Furtick, whose wife died Nov. 15, relatives said.

Police said Furtick came out of his house with a phone in one hand and a gun in the other, and pointed the gun at officers as he moved toward them despite repeated commands from police to put the gun down.

One of the officers fired his gun twice, police said, and Furtick was transported to Carolinas Medical Center with two gunshot wounds to his lower body. A relative said Furtick remained in critical but stable condition Saturday.

Police said the officers involved were James Guard, Joseph Milliken and Joseph Monteleone. Monteleone was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.

Furtick faces charges of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and three counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.

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