Charlotte Officer Didn't Break Law In Standoff Shooting

Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot a 59-year-old man armed with several guns last month.

The Charlotte Observer reports ( ) that District Attorney Andrew Murray found no evidence that officer Olin Lester acted unlawfully when he killed Lemuel Furr III after a standoff.

Murray says Furr was shot as he walked toward police with a gun in each hand and refused to drop the weapons. Authorities would find two more handguns in his pocket.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are still conducting their own investigation into whether Lester followed department procedures. Lester is a 13-year veteran of the department.

Police say Furr barricaded himself in his home after an argument with his son on July 6 and told officers he wouldn't be taken alive.


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