Officer-Involved Shooting of Mr. Sylasone Ackhavong


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has petitioned and received permission from the court to release dash-cam and body-worn camera video footage of the April 19, 2016, officer involved shooting related to Mr. Sylasone Ackhavong.  In addition to the body-worn camera and dash-cam footage , the CMPD is also releasing four surveillance videos in their entirety, that were captured from the cameras of the convenience store where the shooting occurred.  

Due to the graphic nature of the videos, discretion is strongly advised.


On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Freedom Division patrol officers responded to the 6600 block of Tuckaseegee Road concerning an armed person call for service.  When patrol officers arrived on scene they observed Mr. Sylasone Ackhavong  in the parking lot waving a gun and wearing a bullet proof vest.

Members of the SWAT Team and negotiators were requested and responded to the scene.  After lengthy negotiations  and a multitude of attempts to convince Mr. Ackhavong to drop the gun for more than an hour, officers perceived an imminent deadly threat and discharged their weapons intending to stop the threat. Mr. Ackhavong was struck by gunfire during the incident.  Officers subsequently performed medical measures intended to save Mr. Ackhavong’s life. Mr. Ackhavong died as a result of his injuries while being transported to the hospital.

The members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department SWAT team that were involved in the shooting were identified as Officer Olin Lester and Officer Derek Rud.  

An outside, independent investigation was requested and the case was managed by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office thoroughly reviewed the SBI case and determined that the officers actions were lawful. Please review the DA’s review and conclusion of the case.