Case Update: Officer-Involved Shooting in the Westover Division

 
 
 
9/23/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, September 24, 2021) – The subject in this case, has been identified as Raynique Austin, DOB: 02/19/1998.  She is currently listed in stable condition at a local hospital.  As a part of the continued investigation, Homicide Unit detectives obtained warrants for Austin's arrest. Once she has been released from the hospital, she will be charged with Attempted Murder, five counts of Hit and Run, Flee to Elude Arrest and Damage to Property.

The member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responsible for firing his weapon has been identified as Officer Dustin Smith. Officer Smith was hired on July 23, 2018, and is assigned as a patrol officer in the Westover Division. Officer Smith has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. This is standard policy whenever an officer discharges his or her weapon.

In addition to the independent SBI investigation, The CMPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is conducting a parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed during the incident.  All further questions regarding the criminal investigation should be directed to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

For additional information concerning this case, please refer to the report: 20210923-1608-01.

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Thursday, September 23, 2021) – The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is conducting a CMPD officer-involved shooting investigation in the 1200 block of Tyvola Road in the Westover Division.

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 4:08 p.m., officers with the Westover Division responded to a call for service concerning an armed woman outside of a business firing gunshots at a store owner. A uniformed CMPD officer riding a marked Dual Sport motorcycle was the first officer to arrive on the scene. After encountering the woman, she made multiple attempts to strike the officer with her vehicle. The officer perceived a lethal threat and fired his service weapon.  The subject fled from the scene in the vehicle.  Other responding officers quickly located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  The female refused to stop and a pursuit ensued which ended in the 7700 block of Cedar Creek Drive. As officers took the subject into custody, they observed that she sustained several apparent gunshot wounds. Officers immediately rendered lifesaving efforts and treatment to the subject prior to Medic's arrival.  Medic transported the female to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  A firearm was recovered in the subject's vehicle at the scene.

No officers with the CMPD were injured in this incident. The names of the officers and subject involved are temporarily being withheld pending appropriate family notification of the incident.

The SBI will be the primary investigative agency for the officer-involved shooting. Representatives with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Homicide Prosecution Team also responded to assist. 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 incident. The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard policy whenever an officer discharges a service weapon.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. Any additional questions pertaining to this investigation should be directed to the SBI. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210923-1608-01. 

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