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Video: Charlotte Officers Ambushed in HQ Parking Lot, Suspect Dead

January 12, 2018  | 

VIDEO: Charlotte Officers Ambushed in HQ Parking Lot, Suspect Dead

A man wanted for allegedly killing his girlfriend Thursday afternoon in west Charlotte was killed during a shootout outside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters late Thursday night, police said.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney told Channel 9 that Jonathan Bennett, 23, ambushed and shot at officers who were standing outside headquarters around 10:45 p.m., and officers returned fire.

Bennett was hit and fell to the ground. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

One female officer was taken to the hospital after being shot in the leg but is expected to be OK. Her name has not yet been released.

Comments (4)

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Rod Gregg @ 1/12/2018 6:02 AM

This is painfully an emerging trend. At the risk of paranoia, officers should always be cautious at the station and not wear uniform to and from the station. Station lots should not be open to the public. Always be armed. Head on a swivel. Be safe and observant!

Bob peterson @ 1/12/2018 9:36 AM

Being in law enforcement 30 years and being born and raised in Hickory,NC, this hits home . Charlotte was always the big city to me. It also had more crime than the surrounding towns. It doesn’t matter, big or small towns or cities, the nuts are out. I am so glad the officer will be fine. Thank you other officers for taking care of the problem.its sad when you can’t walk out in the parking lot or write a report in your car without constantly looking around and checking your surroundings. People who shoot at Police should never go to jail or trial. They need to go into the ground. Be safe, watch your back. Speedy recovery to the officer.

Jon Retired LEO @ 1/12/2018 10:21 AM

Two excellent comments on this story. Also I don't believe that being cautious and practicing officer safety is anywhere near being paranoid. these nut cases were so used to the years that Obama was in power because there rarely had to face justice at that time if they shot at the police because he criminalized the police himself. One thing about President Trump he respects ALL first responders.

UncleMike @ 1/12/2018 11:41 AM

My Doctor told me years ago that the definition of paranoia for a Police Officer is "A heightened sense of reality." I entered Law Enforcement in 1972. If I were a young person considering that career today I'd give it considerably more thought than I did back then.

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