Charlotte officer hits, kills pedestrian responding to emergency call say police

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A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer has been charged after hitting a pedestrian while responding to an emergency call.

Police say his speed of 100 miles per hour in a 35 mile an hour zone was excessive and a primary factor in the crash.

Officer Phillip Baker, 24, is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

He has been placed on unpaid leave.

James Michael Short, 28, was killed in the crash.

“When we in law enforcement violate the law, we must hold ourselves accountable, just as we would anyone else. My thoughts and prayers are with both the Short and Barker families,” Chief Putney said.

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