Cops Ambushed, Officer Shot At PD Headquarters In Charlotte

An officer was shot during an ambush in the parking lot of police headquarters.

​Charlotte, NC – A female police officer was shot in the leg outside of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) on Thursday night when a murder suspect ambushed a group of officers who were standing in the parking lot.

Police said the gunman, 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett, was killed when the officers returned fire.

“He ambushed us,” CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said during a press conference early Friday morning. “He shot at us.”

CMPD had been searching for Bennett since just after 2 p.m., when they discovered the body of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Brittany White, at a residence, WCNC reported.

Investigators believed that Bennett fatally shot White, and that he fled the residence with the couple’s two-month-old daughter, Journei Bennett, according to WSOC. A second child was left inside the residence, and was unharmed.

Police briefly issued an Amber Alert, but located the infant unharmed at approximately 5:30 p.m., WCNC reported. Investigators have placed the little girl with Bennett’s grandmother.

Officers continued to search for Bennett, who was considered to be armed and dangerous.

“Tonight, just before 11 o’clock, we had North Tyron Division Crime Reduction officers and Probation and Parole officers here in our parking lot, about to brief to do a totally unrelated operation,” Chief Putney explained. “As they were briefing ... the homicide suspect from earlier today that we’d been looking for in the white SUV pulled in, and basically, ambushed our officers.”

As many as eight officers were believed to be in the parking lot at the time of the ambush, WSOC reported.

“Our officers and probation returned fire,” Chief Putney continued. “The suspect was transported to the hospital and is now deceased.”

The chief confirmed that one CMPD officer was shot in the leg, and that she was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The officer’s name has not been released.

Chief Putney said that police had not yet determined what the shooter’s motive might have been, and he was unable to provide information about any conversation that may have preceded the gunfire.

“This is the very beginning of our investigation,” the chief explained. “Here’s what I’ll tell you. Times like this, make you appreciate people who voluntarily put their lives on the line to keep us safe.”

“Unfortunately, some people use that against us,” he said.

Reporters and two photographers from WSOC were close by during the ambush, and reported having heard approximately a dozen gunshots.

One WSOC photographer said that after the gunman was shot, he could hear an officer screaming in the bushes.

He said the officer was moved to a patrol car before she was taken to the hospital.

Bennett was a convicted felon who served prison time in 2013 for larceny and breaking and entering offenses, according to WSOC.

He was charged with assaulting a woman and misdemeanor larceny in March of 2017, then was arrested for communicating threats approximately two weeks later, WSOC reported.

Bennett was also the subject of a restraining order in 2016.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@laughingtyger and don't ask me why I'm here, clown. Why are you here?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@laughingtyger any other fake-ass BLM videos you'd like me to shoot down?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@laughingtyger as for your second video, this is the Twin Cities branch of BLM. The leader (Rashad Turner) who started this chant was publicly reprimanded and relieved of his duties and membership of BLM. You probably didn't see the reprimand because those kinds of details will never find their way to the outlets you most likely watch.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@laughingtyger the fact that you think me knowing about black hate groups is a cause for celebration shows me 1. You aren't as centrist as you claim to be, and 2. You really, really should research more if Millions March NYC is a surprise to you.

laughingtyger
laughingtyger

What's your goal? Why are you here?

laughingtyger
laughingtyger

Never said that.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hi_estComnDenomn I think your big mistake is you think any black person protesting is part of BLM. They're not.

laughingtyger
laughingtyger

Show me the "debunking" It's good that you admit that there are HORRIFIC RACIST black groups. GREAT! "Here's another example: "what do we want? Dead cops, when do we want it,now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4ARsxrZh8&t=5s

Here's more footage (that some people think includes the Dallas shooter) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xet3BnwLtek

Here's one that's less well known. It's a mob threatening and insulting a black officer in Ferguson ... the mob surrounds him and threatens him ..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBz2oCdVRUU

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@laughingtyger wrong again. The video you're going to link has long been debunked. Fox News labeled them as BLM and everyone ran with it. The group's name is Millions March NYC.

Again, definitely not BLM. Please do research before posting ridiculous links.

laughingtyger
laughingtyger

BLM had protests that featured calls for the killing of police:

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@laughingtyger yeah, nah. That's not BLM.

laughingtyger
laughingtyger
laughingtyger
laughingtyger

Uhhhh... again, somehow my comment ended up in another comment ... uh ...ok

laughingtyger
laughingtyger

KKK was not, nor will they ever be, Knights. They are vile scumbags - that is all.

That said, all other races have their share of scumbags and bigoted, vile, violent morons as we see in this clip where BLM members chant: "black power, black power!" as the mob beats people because they're white: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D7dljmZ9KY ... one woman celebrates the "beating every white person"

Dixie Normous
Dixie Normous

Probly wunna dim der KKK White Knights Alt Right boyz at it agin. Aint dat right boy?

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bronx163
bronx163

So much for gun control the animals got his hands on a firearm. Gun laws are only obey by law abiding people. Glad the cop smoke the retard. Sends a message u will lose your life attacking the police.