Wednesday, April 4, 2018

GRAPHIC VIDEO: CMPD Releases Footage of 2017 Hostage Situation, Shooting

Officers fire on man after he holds woman at gunpoint

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 3:15 PM

A still from the body cam footage of CMPD officer Joseph Bauer.
  • A still from the body cam footage of CMPD officer Joseph Bauer.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department released body camera footage this afternoon that shows officers shooting a man in west Charlotte in 2017 after he held a woman at gunpoint.

The department released three videos from the officers involved in the shooting — Shon Sheffield, Joseph Bauer and James Tindall — from the night of September 25, 2017, when those officers and others responded to a breaking-and-entering call on Holly Street in west Charlotte.

Upon arrival, officers surrounded the house in question. After a couple minutes, 28-year-old Johnathan Autry can be seen exiting the house with a woman, who screams to officers that she is pregnant. Autry can be seen holding a gun to the woman and hiding behind her while yelling at officers to back up. Autry leads the woman across the street and behind a separate house, before he reaches the edge of the woods and officers fire on him.

Autry was later taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. The woman was unharmed.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office reviewed the incident and found the officers acted lawfully. Upon his release from the hospital, Autry was arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to CMPD, a report of the office’s findings will be released after the criminal charges against Autry have been adjudicated.

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