GRAPHIC: Bodycam Shows Shootout Between Charlotte Officers And Armed Suspect Who Allegedly Stole Groceries

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Charlotte, North Carolina (CPD) — On Sunday, June 26, 2022, shortly before 1 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery call for service on Tuckaseegee Road, regarding a suspect stealing groceries from a Food Lion. The suspect brandished a firearm during the incident. Officers encountered the suspect nearby on Tuckaseegee Road, based on the description of the suspect and items noted on the call. When officers approached the suspect, later identified as 45-year-old Kevin Boston, Boston pulled out a firearm. Officers took cover and gave commands for him to drop the weapon.

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Boston did not comply and continued to walk down the street with the gun in his hand. Officers perceived an imminent deadly threat and discharged their service weapons. Boston was struck by the gunfire. Boston also fired at officers, and several of his rounds struck CMPD patrol vehicles. When safely able to do so, officers moved to take Boston into custody and render emergency aid. Boston was transported to the Hospital. Boston later died of six gunshot wounds, according to his autopsy report. The firearm used by Boston in this incident was recovered on scene. According to the report, the CMPD officers fired a total of 13 times. Boston had fired six shots from a Ruger .357 Revolver, and he also had a zipper bag with 18 additional rounds.

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