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A 55-year-old man was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer late Sunday during a domestic incident in south Charlotte.

The dead man was identified as Spencer Mills III.

According to CMPD Public Affairs Officer Keith Trietley, the incident began shortly before 11 p.m. when officers from the Steel Creek division were approached by an elderly man who said he was having problems with his son and requested assistance at his residence. The Steel Creek officers reported the call to officers in the Westover Division.

When Westover officers arrived at the home in the 300 block of Cooper Drive, near the intersection of Tyvola Road and South Boulevard, they found Mills holding a box cutter to his own throat, Trietley said. After commanding Mills to drop the box cutter, Officer Michael Whitlock fired his taser “in an effort to prevent the suspect from harming himself,” Trietley said.

According to Trietley, Mills did not respond to the taser or the officers’ commands. Instead, he charged toward the officers with the box cutter, Trietley said. That’s when Officer Jeremy Donaldson fired his service weapon at least once, striking Mills, who was later pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

According to Trietley, Donaldson has worked for CMPD since August 1, 2011. Whitlock joined the department on March 25, 1987. Both are assigned to the Westover division as patrol officers.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting while detectives with the Internal Affairs Unit conduct a “separate but parallel investigation” to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were followed, Trietley said.

As is customary in officer-involved shootings, both officers were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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