Friday, September 14, 2012

Detectives Investigating Fatal Shooting by Officer in the South Division

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Bureau are conducting a parallel investigation into an officer involved shooting at 10411 Takeridge Court. The call for service came in at 9:41 a.m., on Friday, September 14.

South Division patrol officers responded to Takeridge Court in reference to a domestic disturbance. A representative from Mental Health had placed a 911 call on behalf of a female resident who had locked herself inside of her home due to her grandson's aggressive behavior. As officers attempted to speak with the grandson he became very agitated and began to put his hands in his pockets. Officers gave verbal commands for him to remove his hands from his pockets but he refused.

Officers then approached the male in order to ensure that he did not have any weapons, due to his failure to comply with the commands. As the officers approached, the subject grabbed a pair of shears and raised them in the air and advanced aggressively towards the officers. Officer John Galland deployed a TASER device on the subject and Officer Ole Swenson fired two shots, striking the subject in the torso. Medic responded to the scene and transported the subject to CMC Main where he was pronounced deceased. The deceased has been identified as Clay Crawford McCall, DOB: 04/11/1986. Mr. McCall had a history of mental health issues and had recently been released from prison for a Manslaughter charge.

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Homicide Prosecution Team responded to the scene as well as the Mobile Crisis Team and representatives of the Police Attorney's Office.

No officers were injured during this incident. As additional information develops in this case it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.

As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident. Officer Ole Swenson has been a member of the CMPD since February 19, 1986. Officer John Galland has been a member of the CMPD since July 12, 2004. Both officers are currently assigned to the South Division as a Patrol Officers. Per department protocol, Officer Galland and Officer Swenson have been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Sarvis is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. For additional information, reference CMPD complaint number 2012-0914-0941-06.