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Friday, January 27, 2017
CMPD UC Officer On Leave After Killing Suspect Josue Javier Diaz
CMPD has released the name of the suspect shot and killed by an officer working in an under cover capacity Thursday afternoon.
CMPD identified the dead man as 28-year-old Josue Javier Diaz.(DOB February 17, 1988)
Sources tell CP that the UC Detective was traveling east on Albemarle Road when another car clipped the side of his civilian SUV. The UC Officer dressed in civilian clothes followed the car while contacting dispatch and requesting that a marked patrol car and uniform officer conduct a traffic stop.
Apparently the suspect Diaz saw the UC Officer on the phone and reacted by stopping his vehicle suddenly in front of the Officer and exiting from the driver's side door with a hand gun, immediately pointing it at the officer. The UC Officer exited his vehicle and fired several times at the suspect from about 15 feet. It is unclear if Diaz fired his weapon prior to being shot or after but crime scene techs located shell casings from both Diaz's weapon and the officers.
The officer's statement has not been released.
Dozens of uniformed CMPD officers as well as Charlotte Fire and Medic responded . The suspect was declared dead at the scene by Medic.
The detective was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, while the investigation is underway. Due to the undercover nature of his job CMPD has stated that his name will not be released.
The first CMPD statement is below:
CP Update: Photos provided by an anonymous source show Mr. Diaz posing with various weapons. CP has no reason to believe this photos are fake news.
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