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Attorney: Man fatally shot pointed gun at Charlotte officer

Posted September 10

— The attorney for a two North Carolina police officer involved in a fatal shooting says the dead man pointed a handgun at his client before the officer shot and killed him.

Attorney George Laughrun tells The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2xUzVrE ) Rueben Galindo pointed the gun at Charlotte Police Officer David Guerra before being shot Wednesday outside his apartment building.

Laughrun says Guerra told Galindo in Spanish to drop his gun and show his hands, but the 29-year-old did not follow those orders.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said officers perceived an imminent lethal threat from the armed Galindo.

Galindo's wife and five children were inside when he was shot near their apartment's back door. His widow said Galindo was drinking and called 911 to say he wanted to surrender a gun.

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