Gun found at scene of officer-involved shooting can only fire blanks, police say

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The man shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Saturday allegedly had a replica pistol that fired blanks, police said Wednesday.

Bobby Morgan, 29, is still in the hospital and is expected to survive, police said. When he’s released from the hospital, police said he will be charged with two counts of communicating threats.

The pistol found at the scene “is designed to look, sound, and operate just like a real firing weapon” but does not fire projectiles, police said.

Morgan’s mother, Felicia Morgan, told the Observer that her son had been diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar disorder and a schizoaffective disorder, and he was under the care of a local mental health doctor.

He had been doing well in recent months, his mother said, and was going to work and maintaining a routine at his home on Winfield Drive, in a quiet neighborhood off Independence Boulevard in east Charlotte.

Then on Saturday, around 8:30 a.m., Bobby Morgan called 911 and said he was having an issue with a neighbor.

During the call, he said he had a gun.

”I’m going to be outside, with my protection, waiting on the (police),” he said.

The dispatcher recommended he go inside instead. “I’m not going to try anything stupid,” Bobby Morgan said.

That was one of two calls released by CMPD on Wednesday. Police do not identify 911 callers in public records, but Felicia Morgan to the Observer she was the person talking in the second call.

She called after finding out what was happening at her son’s house, and she told the dispatcher her son had no access to a gun.

She told the Observer she had taken Bobby Morgan’s photo around to pawn shops and told the owners not to sell him a gun, and she and his father had spread word about their son’s health to prevent him from buying one on the street.

Police said two officers responded to Morgan’s house and heard shots from inside the home. A SWAT team responded and set up a perimeter, according to CMPD.

The three CMPD officers who fired their guns Saturday have been placed on administrative leave, police said.

One of those officers had gone through Crisis Intervention Training, which teaches officers de-escalation techniques for dealing with people in mental health crises.

The training does not specifically address what officers should do “if they encounter an uncooperative subject armed with a gun,” according to a CMPD news release Wednesday.

Three other officers who were at the scene but didn’t shoot Saturday had also gone through Crisis Intervention Training, police said.