Officer-Involved Shooting – Michael Deangelo Laney case
Below are links to dashboard camera videos related to the July 2, 2012 officer involved shooting of Michael Deangelo Laney, as ordered released by North Carolina Superior Court Judge Lisa C. Bell.
Warning: Some of the following files contain graphic images and content that may be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is advised.
* These are re-recorded videos of the original with portions of audio redacted, per court order.
CMPD Case Summary:
On July 2, 2012, while on patrol, Metro Division officers spotted a black male driving a red scooter on Beatties Ford Road. Officers attempted to stop the scooter because it matched the description of a vehicle used to flee the scene of an armed robbery in which the victim was shot. That robbery was committed at 505 Beatties Ford Road on June 25, 2012.
The officers lost sight of the scooter. They later briefed Metro Division’s third shift patrol officers to Be On the Look Out for a red scooter being driven by a black male.
Metro Division third shift began at 10:15 p.m. A little more than an hour later, officers located a red scooter as it drove along Beatties Ford Road. The officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect failed to stop until he jumped off the scooter and ran toward 2317 Crestview Drive.
As Officers Anthony Holzhauer and Ryan Shields caught up with the driver in the front yard, a struggle ensued. As they attempted to take him into custody, the driver reached for a handgun that was in his waistband. Officer Holzhauer fired his service pistol striking the suspect.
The suspect, later identified as Michael Deangelo Laney, DOB: 01/14/1984, was pronounced deceased at the scene, which was determined as Mr. Laney's home address. A handgun, which was in the possession of the suspect, was recovered at the scene.
Both Holzhauer and Shields were patrol officers assigned to the Metro Division when the shooting occurred. Officer Anthony Holzhauer has been a member of the CMPD since January 25, 2010. He is currently assigned to the South Division. Officer Ryan Shields has been a member of the CMPD since January 12, 2009. He is currently assigned to the Canine Unit.
CMPD Statement Regarding Court Order:
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department supports the decision by North Carolina Superior Court Judge Lisa C. Bell to publicly release the video.
The release of the footage is consistent with the CMPD’s protocol. Our preference is to always allow for a thorough investigation with the intent to have all sides presented. We do not oppose the release of video evidence after a case has been thoroughly investigated and adjudicated.
District Attorney R. Andrew Murray Statement:
Based on the information presented to the District Attorney's Office, we agree there is no evidence that Officer Holzhauer acted unlawfully. This review focuses only on North Carolina law regarding the use of deadly force and specifically does not address issues relating to CMPD directives or policies.
The consistent, believable evidence is that the suspect aggressively resisted apprehension and reached for a loaded handgun while fighting the officers. Therefore, the use of deadly force was justified under North Carolina law. Consequently, this Office will not pursue criminal charges against either officer involved in this matter.