Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Homicide Suspect Dead After Ambushing Officers Outside CMPD Headquarters

Homicide Suspect Dead After Ambushing Officers Outside CMPD Headquarters

At 10:49 p.m., Putney said Bennett drove onto CMPD's parking lot in the Ford Expedition. A second child was found in the home and was unharmed.

A CMPD officer was shot in the leg and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. It's not clear how many times Bennett was shot.

Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Law Enforcement Center hours after the man allegedly killed the mother of his infant daughter.

Bennett was killed when officers returned fire.

According to WCNC, another person was also taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

"It's going to be shots fired", one officer said over the radio.

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"I need additional units around the L.E.C., establish a perimeter", one officer said to dispatch. "Slow the traffic. Suspect is in custody".

Police said Jonathan Bennett was last seen driving a white Ford Expedition with NY license plate HUP3071. Detectives said they are looking for Jonathan Jarquise Bennett, 23, in the case. Six to eight officers were outside, some of which were parole and probations officers.

Records from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office showed he was arrested twice previous year, once on March 30 for assaulting a female and misdemeanor larceny and for the second time on April 6 for threatening a person.

Investigators said they are searching for 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett. Police say Bennett removed the NY license plates on his vehicle and changed them while authorities searched for his SUV.

Putney said the injured officer was in good spirits. 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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