Posted on Friday March 20, 2020
Contact: Officer Tim Aycock
Public Information Officer
March 20, 2020
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, at approximately 10:00 P.M., Matthews officers responded to the CVS located at 1305 Matthews Township Pkwy. regarding an attempted armed robbery in progress. Upon officers arrival, they made contact with a man inside of the store who was in possession of a hand gun. Officers immediately began utilizing verbal de-escalation techniques which were ultimately unsuccessful. During this initial contact, officers were able to determine that the remaining store staff members had successfully secured themselves in a locked room to the rear of the store away from the man.
Officers then established a perimeter and activated the Matthews Police Department Special Response Team (SRT). Several unsuccessful attempts were made to initiate further communication with the man before SRT entered the store. Once they entered the store they located the man who was deceased.
The man has been identified as Mr. Karreim LaFrank Houser (DOB - 07/02/1994) of Charlotte.
This is still an ongoing investigation.