Four Police Officers Killed in North Carolina Shooting

Four law enforcement officers were killed, and four other officers were wounded by a suspect opening fire in a gunfight in Charlotte, North Carolina Monday.

The shooting reportedly began when a U.S. Marshals Task Force attempted to serve a convicted felon a warrant for firearm possession.

Authorities said the recipient, identified as 39-year-old Terry Clark Hughes Jr., was the one who initially opened fire and was also killed in the shootout.

Police believe two shooters may have been involved and other persons of interest were taken into custody.

“We have two people of interest at the police station that are being questioned right now,” Police Chief Johnny Jennings said during a press conference. “And we have confirmed that the individual that was set up that we were serving the warrant on was the individual who fired the initial shots and was deceased in the front yard at the end of all of this.”

Three officers from the U.S. Marshals Task Force and one officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) were confirmed to have died in the shootout.

A total of eight law enforcement officers were shot during the incident.

“I’ve been with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for 32 years. I can’t remember an incident where three law enforcement officers were [injured] and also three that were killed in the same incident,” Jennings said.

 

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