North Tryon Division - Homicide in the 6800 block of Delta Lake Drive


Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) – Detectives with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation in the North Tryon Division.

On March 15, 2020, at 1:15 p.m., North Tryon Division patrol officers responded to a Domestic Violence - Physical Assault call for service in the 6800 block of Delta Lake Drive.  Upon arrival, officers determined that two family members had been involved in a physical altercation.  A short time after the dispute, the victim, Sylvester Coswell, DOB: 09/02/1956, was transported to Atrium Main after complaining about a headache and then going unresponsive.  When the victim arrived at the hospital, officers learned his condition was not survivable and immediately contacted the Homicide Unit to respond.

On March 16, 2020, Coswell was pronounced deceased.  His family has been notified of his death. 

On March 17, 2020, the Medical Examiner's Office ruled this case to be a homicide. Detectives with the Homicide Unit have spoken to all parties present during the altercation and determined they will not file charges.  This case will be presented to the District Attorney's Office for review.

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops, it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Pack is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at  For additional information about this incident, please refer to report numbers 20200315-1315-00.