CMPD Reports Officer-Involved Shooting At Epicenter

Nov 15, 2019

One person was killed and another injured in an officer-involved shooting early Friday morning at the Epicenter in uptown Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said. 

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Treon McCoy, 33, was pronounced dead in the incident that occured around 2:15 a.m. Friday. A second subject was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Witnesses told WSOC two people came out of the Epicenter around 2 a.m. shooting at each other and that responding officers -- who were off-duty but in-uniform, according to CMPD -- then exchanged gunfire with the two people.

It’s not clear if the person who was killed was shot by an officer.

The officers involved in the incident were Officer Kevin Lovell and Officer Shane Matthews, CMPD said. Lovell is a patrol officer with the Providence Division and Matthews is a patrol officer with the Hickory Grove Division. Both were hired in 2013. Both have been placed on administration leave, which is standard procedure when an officer discharges a weapon.

The SBI is investigating the shooting. 

Witnesses told WSOC-TV that the shooting created chaos and drew multiple officers to the area outside of the bars as they were closing around 2 a.m.

Witness Dedrick Gamble told WSOC that at least one person in the crowd fired a gun, causing police to approach, and then at least one officer fired. Another witness, whose name wasn’t reported, told the station in an on-camera interview that he saw two men fighting and then pull out guns and shoot at each other.

"When he hit the guy, the police came up behind them and the next thing you know, they was on the ground. ... Crazy, it's madness down here," Gamble said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Check back throughout the day for updates.