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Update: Northlake Mall incident

Contact: ​Keith R. Trietley, Public Affairs Officer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
ktrietley@cmpd.org
704-336-​2338 (o)​

Update: Northlake Mall incident

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 24, 2015) - Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide/ADW Unit are conducting an officer involved shooting investigation that occurred in the 6800 block of Northlake Mall Drive in the North Division.  The call for service came in at 2:10 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015.  

Preliminary evidence gathered on scene indicates that a group of subjects who had a history of feuding encountered each other inside the mall and got in to an altercation which led to Mr. Westbrook shooting a firearm.  This was not a random act of violence and the subjects involved are known to one another.  

While working off-duty inside the Northlake Mall, Officer Thomas Ferguson heard multiple shots being fired inside the mall. Officer Ferguson responded to the scene and encountered a subject armed with a firearm. According to witnesses, the subject turned and pointed the weapon at Officer Ferguson who fired his service weapon. Additional officers who were working off-duty in the mall arrived on scene and immediately began rendering aid to the injured subject.  Medic responded to the scene and pronounced the subject deceased.  The deceased subject has been identified as Daquan Antonio Westbrook, DOB: 04/20/1997.  His family has been notified of his death. 

Detectives with the Homicide/ADW Unit are currently interviewing several witnesses and asking anyone with additional information to call Crime Stoppers.    

As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.  Per department protocol, Officer Thomas Ferguson has been placed on paid Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.  Officer Ferguson has been employed with the CMPD since July 31, 1996, and is currently assigned to the North Division. 

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, Internal Affairs Bureau, Homicide Support Group, SWAT, K9 Unit, Vice and Gang Unit, Real Time Crime, Charlotte Fire Department, FBI, ATF, State Highway Patrol, Medic, Huntersville Police Department and the Huntersville Fire Department  responded to the scene. 
                                                                                                                                     
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Koll is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com


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