Homicide Investigation in the Steele Creek Division

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation in the 8700 block of Green Ivy Lane in the Steele Creek Division.
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On Sunday, October 2, 2022, shortly after 8 p.m., Steele Creek Division officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon with injury call for service in the 8700 block of Green Ivy Lane. Upon arrival, officers located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. MEDIC transported the victim to Atrium Health Main with life-threatening injuries. This incident was originally investigated by Steele Creek Division detectives. Upon the conclusion of their investigation, Clifford Leon Smith Jr. (DOB 06/05/1971) was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, and transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office where he currently remains.


During the early evening hours of October 5, 2022, detectives were notified that the victim, Desmond Balogun (DOB 05/27/1992), had succumbed to his injuries and this incident is now classified as a homicide. Detectives have upgraded the charge on Clifford Leon Smith Jr. to Murder. The arrest warrant will be served on Smith Jr. while he is still in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. The victim's next of kin has been notified of his death and the arrest.