BODYCAM: Officers Cleared in Fatal March Shooting in N.C.

The suspect, mentally unstable, had armed himself with a hunting rifle

By Calibre Press  |   Jul 12, 2017


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released two officer-worn body camera videos from the deadly shooting of a man holding a rifle in March.

Police say officers came to the 1000 block of Justice Avenue just before 1 p.m. March 8 for a suicide threat. Police say 25-year-old Iaroslav Mosiiuk was standing outside of the home holding a hunting rifle. Putney said officer Brian Walsh perceived a threat and fired at least one shot at Mosiiuk.

Last week, a Mecklenburg County judge ruled in favor of releasing body and dash camera footage of the incident once CMPD redacts certain portions for privacy concerns. 

The judge said the video was “high quality with “good audio” and would offer an active representation of what he thinks occurred that day.

Officer Walsh, who shot and killed a man holding a rifle in March, was justified in using deadly force, the District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. 

According to police, Mosiiuk’s sister had called 911 for help, saying that Mosiiuk was acting irrationally, had not slept in days and was retrieving a rifle.

“It is clear from the accounts of people close to Mosiiuk and from the behavior that led to his death that the decedent was suffering from a severe mental breakdown at the time of his death,” a release from the DA’s office states. “She told the 911 operator that her brother was screaming that he ‘didn’t want to live.'”

Officers Dezenzo and Walsh arrived in separate cars and approached the house. Officer Dezenzo knocked on the door and announced that he was a police officer, watching through a window in the front door. Police say Mosiiuk was walking down the hall toward the front door, armed with a rifle pointed at Dezenzo.

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