Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brian Walsh used his pistol against a rifle-wielding suspect from around 75 feet away and ended the gunfight with a single shot. Bodycam video of the shooting was released after the DA announced on Thursday that the shooting was justified.
The incident initially occurred on March 8, when Iaroslav Mosiiuk’s sister called 911 saying that her brother had threatened to kill himself and had her fiance’s gun.
Officer Mike Dezenso and Brian Walsh arrived and knocked on the door to speak with the 25-year-old. That’s when he came to the front door with a rifle in-hand.
You can see the video of the shot here. The shot occurs around 1:27 in. WARNING – Graphic Content:
Mosiiuk was his mid-back and was transported to the hospital where he died of his gunshot wound.
Police say that they had no prior run-ins with the man, and the incident appeared to be caused by a mental health episode.
The investigators determined that Iaroslav Mosiiuk’s rifle was loaded, but inoperable because the bolt was missing.
The DA concluded, “While the death of Iaroslav Mosiiuk is certainly a tragedy, it is not a crime. Officer Walsh was dealing with a mentally ill subject pointing a rifle at him, his partner and nearby civilians. The officer’s decision to fire his weapon is justified under the law of self-defense.”
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