Armed Cab Driver Kills Would-be Robber


A cab driver shot and killed a would-be robber around 10 p.m. Sunday at Carowinds Boulevard and South Tryon Street, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police said.

The cab had been dispatched to the Colonial Village apartments at the intersection where he picked up a fare, said Capt. Allan Rutledge, of the Steele Creek Division of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.

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The cab driver told authorities that the man he picked up pulled a gun, at which point the driver pulled his own handgun and shot and killed the man, Rutledge said.

The driver then called 911. Two handguns were found at the scene and police were not looking for any other suspects, Rutledge said.

The driver, who was not identified, was being interviewed by police late Sunday. The victim's identity was not available late Sunday.

Nearby resident Sean Wilson said he heard gunshots outside his apartment. He went out a short time later and saw police pull up and pull a cab driver out of his car and into a squad car.

Wilson said he saw a person in the front passenger seat of the cab and that he appeared to be dead.

He said police told him it was an attempted robbery. “It was an apparent robbery that went wrong,” Wilson said. “Or, it went right, depending on how you look at it.” Read more


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