Gun found at scene of of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing only fires blanks, po­lice say

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY JANE WESTER

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The man shot by Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg po­lice Satur­day al­legedly had a replica pis­tol that fired blanks, po­lice said Wed­nes­day.

Bobby Mor­gan, 29, is still in the hospi­tal and is ex­pected to sur­vive, po­lice said. When he’s re­leased from the hospi­tal, po­lice said he will be charged with two counts of com­mu­ni­cat­ing threats.

The pis­tol found at the scene “is de­signed to look, sound, and op­er­ate just like a real fir­ing weapon” but does not fire pro­jec­tiles, po­lice said.

Mor­gan’s mother, Feli­cia Mor­gan, told the Ob­server that her son had been di­ag­nosed with ADHD, bipo­lar dis­or­der and a schizoaf­fec­tive dis­or­der, and he was un­der the care of a lo­cal men­tal health doc­tor.

He had been do­ing well in re­cent months, his mother said, and was go­ing to work and main­tain­ing a rou­tine at his home on Win­field Drive, in a quiet neigh­bor­hood off In­de­pen­dence Boule­vard in east Char­lotte.

Then on Satur­day, around 8:30 a.m., Bobby Mor­gan called 911 and said he was hav­ing an is­sue with a neigh­bor.

Dur­ing the call, he said he had a gun.

”I’m go­ing to be out­side, with my pro­tec­tion, wait­ing on the ( po­lice),” he said.

The dis­patcher rec­om­mended he go in­side in­stead. “I’m not go­ing to try any­thing stupid,” Bobby Mor­gan said.

That was one of two calls re­leased by CMPD on Wed­nes­day. Po­lice do not iden­tify 911 call­ers in pub­lic records, but Feli­cia Mor­gan told the Ob­server she was the per­son talk­ing in the sec­ond call.

She called after find­ing out what was hap­pen­ing at her son’s house, and she told the dis­patcher her son had no ac­cess to a gun.

She told the Ob­server she had taken Bobby Mor­gan’s photo around to pawn shops and told the own­ers not to sell him a gun, and she and his fa­ther had spread word about their son’s health to pre­vent him from buy­ing one on the street.

Po­lice said two of­fi­cers re­sponded to Mor­gan’s house and heard shots from in­side the home. A SWAT team re­sponded and set up a perime­ter, ac­cord­ing to CMPD.

The three CMPD of­fi­cers who fired their guns Satur­day have been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, po­lice said.

One of those of­fi­cers had gone through Cri­sis In­ter­ven­tion Train­ing, which teaches of­fi­cers de-es­ca­la­tion tech­niques for deal­ing with peo­ple in men­tal health crises.

The train­ing does not specif­i­cally ad­dress what of­fi­cers should do “if they en­counter an un­co­op­er­a­tive sub­ject armed with a gun,” ac­cord­ing to a CMPD news re­lease Wed­nes­day.

Three other of­fi­cers who were at the scene but didn’t shoot Satur­day had also gone through Cri­sis In­ter­ven­tion Train­ing, po­lice said.

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