Case Update: Officer Involved Shooting in the North Tryon Division

5/28/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, May 28, 2021) – The suspect, in this case, has been identified as Shelton Smith, DOB: 01/21/1988. He is currently in stable/critical condition at a local hospital.\

As a part of the continued investigation, Homicide Unit detectives obtained warrants for Smith's arrest. Once Smith is treated and released from the hospital, he will be transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and charged with two counts of Attempted Murder, two counts of Assault on Law Enforcement with a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by Felon. Smith will also be charged for an unrelated outstanding warrant for arrest for Communicating Threats. 

Additionally, North Tryon detectives obtained probable cause to charge Smith with the armed robbery that occurred at the Royal Inn on May 25, 2021.   This case is what prompted the officers' contact with Smith prior to the officer-involved shooting. Warrants for Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by Felon have been obtained against Smith.  These warrants will also be served once he is released from the hospital. For additional information about the robbery investigation, please refer to the report: 20210525-0005-05.

The member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department who fired his weapon has been identified as Officer Trey Hinton.  Officer Hinton was hired on September 24, 2018, and is assigned to the North Tryon Division.  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 officer has been placed on Administrative Assignment.

All further questions regarding the criminal investigation should be directed to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective.  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: 20210527-1205-01.

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Thursday, May 27, 2021) – The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is conducting a CMPD officer-involved shooting investigation in the 4300 block of Old Interstate Road in the North Tryon Division.

On Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 12:05 p.m., officers with the North Tryon Division were attempting to speak with a subject matching the description in a recent shooting and armed robbery when the subject fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, the subject discharged a firearm at officers.  The officers perceived a lethal threat and one officer fired a service weapon, striking the subject.  Medic transported the subject to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  The subject's firearm was recovered 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 this investigation. Representatives of 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 officers 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. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective.  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: 20210527-1205-01.

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