Alleged predator killed in shootout with police posing as underage girl in Kannapolis | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

Daniel Pierce, Ciara Lankford, and Derek Dellinger

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — An alleged child predator was killed by police in Kannapolis Wednesday, Nov. 29, during a shootout with authorities who were posing as an underage girl.

Kannapolis Police have identified the man as Lamar Deshawn Young, 33, of Harrisburg. Young was recently released from federal prison, was on active parole and was required to wear a GPS ankle monitor as part of his release when this encounter occurred.

Lamar Deshawn Young (Kannapolis Police Dept.)

Authorities confirm around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, deputies with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office and officers with Kannapolis Police responded to a home on Bellwood Place in connection to a joint operation targeting internet crimes against children and child sex predators.

Police said the 33-year-old suspect had been chatting online with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl and arrived at the location, believing he was meeting the juvenile for sex.

As he entered the house, officers attempted to place Young into custody, but he resisted, drew a weapon, and began firing at officers who were trying to arrest him, Kannapolis Police said.


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Authorities from both agencies returned fire, and Young was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. Neighbors tell Queen City News the shootout happened outside.

Young had previously served time in both state and federal prison systems for manslaughter and various drug and weapons-related offenses, police said. Court documents show he was federally indicted in 2017 for possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

He was also charged for first-degree murder in 2009. However, he plead guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in this case. There was nothing in court records indicating any previous crimes involving sex with children. 

Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.

The Kannapolis Police Department and Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office plan to conduct an internal review separately from the SBI investigation.

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