The recordings have been edited, as required by state statute, to change each caller's voice and remove any personal information such as name, address, and telephone number.
Mr. Morgan is still hospitalized with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. CMPD initially signed two warrants charging him with communicating threats. At a later date, the District Attorney will determine whether other charges are appropriate.
Below is additional information about our Crisis Intervention Training program:
Four officers, who were dispatched to the incident, including one of the officers directly involved in the shooting on Dec. 1, are CIT-trained.
Approximately 690 CMPD officers are CIT trained, meaning approximately 38% of the department. The national average of CIT officers in major city police departments is 25%.
The role of CIT-trained officers is to prevent harm to all involved, and divert from jail to medical treatment when safe and appropriate.
CIT training does not involve a tactical component. There are no specific de-escalation strategies taught in the CIT class related to what an officer should do if they encounter an uncooperative subject armed with a gun.
Attending officers are taught that physical safety is the priority and to always rely on their basic law enforcement training whenever a physical threat is present.
CMPD DE-ESCALATION TRAINING
All CMPD officers receive extensive de-escalation training. The below summarizes the training:
- During recruit training, recruits receive (8) hours on Communication Skills and (16) hours on Crisis Intervention. Recruit classes also conduct as many as (16) hours of scenario based training where they use communication skills to defuse hostile victims and suspects.
- CMPD incorporates a component of communication into many of its training courses, but we recognize the need to go beyond that and talk specifically about de-escalation strategies.
- Some lessons include specific tips on how to de-escalate such as:
- Management of Subjects in Extreme Distress
- Juvenile Minority Sensitivity Training – Interactions and Communications
- Use of Force De-escalation
- Classroom Training- Tactical Communication
- TAC-7 that involves officers that are required to communicate with each other when confronted with subjects with edged weapons and use the appropriate level of control (TASER vs Lethal).
- Weekly Patrol Division Training (Micro Training):
- Academy staff reports to a patrol division and works with the designated division trainers to coordinate training scenarios that are conducted weekly.
- This type of training only occurs with certified instructors in the divisions.
- The goal is to equip officers with enhanced verbal skills in an attempt to de-escalate the encounter.
- Chaos to Connection training: This course provides officers with skills to connect with people that are in a highly agitated emotional state.
In an effort to provide a humane, compassionate and an effective law enforcement response to crises involving community members with behavioral or substance abuse issues, the CMPD has created a Community Policing Crisis Response Team (CPCRT).
The CPCRT involves mental health clinicians that accompany officers to incidents involving a behavioral health and or substance abuse crisis. The CPCRT is responsible for:
- Assigning cases for proactive follow up involving persons with a history of behavioral health issues resulting in police response.
- Providing referral, educational and support services information to family, friends and members of the consumer's support network
- Responding collaboratively to calls for service concerning community members experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
The CPCRT has been created and prepared for deployment pending further city council approval.
This is an active and ongoing investigation, as further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or speak directly with a detective by calling 704-432-TIPS.
Case update: Saturday, December 1, 2018,
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit have identified the male subject in this case as Bobby Morgan, DOB: 06/01/1989. He is currently being treated at an area hospital and his family has been notified of the incident.
The members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department who fired their weapons in the incident have been identified as Joshua Skipper, Edward Gonzalez and Derek Rud. Joshua Skipper is a patrol officer in the Eastway Division and has been with the department since December 5, 2005. Edward Gonzalez is a patrol officer in the Eastway Division and has been with the department since March 24, 2003. Derek Rud is an investigator and has been with the department since July 18, 2005.
This is an active and ongoing investigation, as further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or speak directly with a detective by calling 704-432-TIPS. Detective McKee is in charge of the investigation. The complaint numbers for this case are 2018-1201-082600.
Saturday, December 1, 2018,
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 8:26 a.m., Eastway Division officers responded to a check the welfare call for service in the 3900 block of Winfield Drive. A male caller stated that he had a gun and was upset with his neighbors.
Upon arrival, officers were positioned outside of the caller's (subject's) home when they heard shots being fired from inside of the residence. The caller (subject) then barricaded himself inside his home.
Members of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's SWAT team and negotiators responded to the scene to coordinate a peaceful resolution. A perimeter was then set up outside of the armed and barricaded subject's home.
During the incident, officers observed the armed subject at the window of the home displaying a weapon. The armed subject then exited the home. Officers issued several verbal commands to the subject, ordering him to drop the gun but the subject refused to cooperate. Officers perceived an imminent, deadly threat and subsequently fired their weapons. The subject was immediately detained and provided medical attention before being transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds. A handgun was later recovered at the scene.
The identities of those involved in the incident will be released pending the completion of appropriate family notifications.
As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident. Per department protocol, the officers involved in this case have been placed on administrative leave which is standard anytime an officer discharges their weapon.
Representatives from the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, CMPD's Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs, Operations Command, and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or speak directly with a detective by calling 704-432-TIPS. Detective McKee is in charge of the investigation. The complaint numbers for this case are 2018-1201-082600.
As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.