Amber Alert suspect dead after shootout with Charlotte police; officer injured

Amber Alert suspect dead after shootout with Charlotte police; officer injured

A police source says the man wanted in the deadly shooting is 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett.

According to CMPD Chief Kerr Putney, just before 11:00 p.m. CMPD officers were meeting outside of headquarters at 601 E. Trade Street for a briefing on an unrelated operation. The chief says she is in good spirits depsite what happened.

Exclusive Channel 9 video showed a flood of police cars rushing to CMPD headquarters, where officers shot Bennett, ending the threat. Bennett ambushed the officers with gunfire and injured at least one. "Unfortunately some people use that against us", Putney said, further stating that police officers have a "dangerous job". It's not clear how many times Bennett was shot.

Over the radio, another officer is heard urging responding officers to slow down. The injuries of the officer were not considered life threatening. He was detained and taken to the Carolinas Medical Center-Main where he later died, according to Fox 46 Charlotte.

A second child was in the home but was not hurt, police said.

Preliminary info indicates that a CMPD Officer has been shot in leg. "Slow the traffic. Suspect is in custody".

Putney said authorities will reevaluate whether additional security will be needed at the headquarters.

The police continued to search for Bennett who was described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds and having black hair and brown eyes.

Records from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office showed he was arrested twice a year ago, once on March 30 for assaulting a female and misdemeanor larceny and for the second time on April 6 for threatening a person. The shooting will be investigated like any other shooting in Charlotte, and CMPD's Internal Affairs Bureau will also hold an internal investigation to see if officers followed department policy and procedures.



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