Robbery suspect fatally shot by Charlotte police

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Michael Laney (left) cropped beside scene of shooting. (Photos courtesy: WSOC-TV)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police fatally shot an armed robbery suspect after the suspect reportedly reached for a gun while running from officers late Monday night in Charlotte.

Police told WSOC-TV that the suspect, Michael Laney, was driving a red moped on Beatties Ford Road that matched the description of a moped seen leaving the scene of an armed robbery from last week in which the victim was shot. 

When officers attempted to pull Laney over around 11:30 p.m., police said he continued driving until reaching his house on Crestview Drive.  After pulling up to his home, police said Laney started running.

An officer identified as Ryan Shields caught up with Laney on the front porch of his home, at which point the suspect reached for a gun, police said.

Shields struggled with Laney and called for backup, after which another officer identified as Anthony Holzhauer shot the suspect once in the side of the head, police said.

“This is one of those unfortunate incidents that we never look to engage ourselves in,” police Chief Rodney Monroe said during a news conference.  “It is not something that serves the department, the family of the victim or the community very well.”

Laney’s cousin told WSOC that he witnessed the incident from inside the front door of the home.  He said he was upset with the officer’s use of deadly force.

Laney has previously been arrested for assault on a female and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Officer Holzhauer has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.


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