VIDEO: Protests Over Armed Suspect Shot After Ignoring 20+ Orders To Drop Gun

Witnesses said that Danquirs Franklin entered a Burger King restaurant and pointed a gun at employees.

Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) has released bodycam that showed the officer-involved shooting of an armed suspect outside a Burger King restaurant in March (video below).

The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. on March 25, after a witness called 911 to report that an armed man had walked behind the counter and pointed a gun at an employee inside the Burger King restaurant on Beatties Ford Road, CMPD said in the video release.

“He got a gun,” one woman told the 911 operator repeatedly, according to WBTV.

Within minutes, a second woman called 911 from the parking lot to report that the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin, came out of the restaurant and pulled a gun as he walked towards her vehicle, police said.

The woman said she took off from the restaurant, and told the 911 operator that she believed the suspect had gone back inside, WBTV reported.

Employees and customers also fled the area, the woman said.

“Both callers independently called 911 between 9:00 a.m. and 9:02 a.m.,” CMPD said in the release. “Metro Division Officer Wende Kerl and Metro Division Officer Larry Deal were dispatched to the call for service at 9:02 a.m. and they both arrived at 9:04 a.m.”

Officer Kerl’s bodycam footage showed Franklin as he squatted outside the open passenger door of a vehicle in the Burger King parking lot.

“Let me see your hands!” the officers ordered, as they advanced on the armed suspect with their weapons drawn.

“Sir, put the gun down,” Officer Kerl told Franklin, whose hands were not visible.

Franklin remained crouched, and looked down at the ground. He was inches away from a man sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

A woman then stepped off of the sidewalk and started to approach Franklin from behind.

“Ma’am! Get out of the way!” the officers commanded, before they repeatedly ordered Franklin to drop his weapon.

“Put it on the ground!” they yelled.

The video showed Franklin as he appeared to reach his right hand into his pocket and drew out a firearm.

“Officer Kerl perceived an imminent, deadly threat and subsequently fired her department issued firearm two times, striking Mr. Franklin,” CMPD said.

“You told me to…” Franklin told Officer Kerl just after the shots were fired, the video showed.

He then complied with the officers’ continued commands to drop his weapon, as he slumped over against the open car door and onto the pavement.

Franklin was rushed to Atrium Health, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Prior to the bodycam release, city leaders gathered outside the city’s Government Center and asked citizens to remain calm, WBTV reported.

“We owe it to the community for them to see what has been recorded,” Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said. “We will all work together - protest is important - people have the right to do that.”

At least seven protests were already scheduled in anticipation of the video release.

Various protests and a school walkout had already taken place prior to the video release, The News & Observer reported.

“We are prepared for the worst but hoping for the best,” CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said, according to CNN. “We expect it to be peaceful, but if it’s otherwise, we’ve got to be prepared for that as well.”

Officer Kerl is a 24-year veteran of CMPD, according to WBTV.

She has been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident remains under investigation, as per protocol, Charlotte Magazine reported.

Chief Putney said he expects that CMPD’s internal investigation into the officer-involved shooting will be completed in approximately two weeks.

The findings will be forwarded to District Attorney Spencer Merriweather, who will determine whether or not Officer Kerl will face criminal charges.

Merriweather’s review of the case is expected to take approximately six weeks.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Franklin in the video below:

Comments (104)
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jimmer1
jimmer1

Fuck that guy. You wanna go around pointing a gun at people? Fine. But anything bad that happens to you after that is your own doing. Good job CMPD for protecting the public.

LEO0301
LEO0301

What do the protestors expect the officers to do, wait until they are shot first before protecting themselves?

blujn
blujn

Another criminal shot. No big deal.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Protesting what? Another armed dumbass criminal caused his own death? Good luck officer. They'll probably convict you to appease the masses.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

This is what we need to do away with: "The findings will be forwarded to District Attorney Spencer Merriweather, who will determine whether or not Officer Kerl will face criminal charges."

It's a presumption of guilt.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Arrest her murdering ass

missmmmac52
missmmmac52

How many times do they have to be told, drop the gun, GOOD GOD!!! Then it turns racist. UGH

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This doesn't seem to be so clear.... man has a gun in his pocket, and the officer directs him to put the gun on the ground. So when he reaches into his pocket to take the gun out, she shoots him (thinking he is going for the gun, which he was), when he might have simply been putting the gun on the ground, as she was directing him to do. We don't really know what would have happened had she not defended herself against the potential threat.

Might be a defensible shoot, but the city will likely pay out in a wrongful death lawsuit.

VoiceOfReason2019
VoiceOfReason2019

Clearly there are 2 side to every story, The man on the ground, did not look to be a threat, however the Fact is evident that the gentlemen on the Ground by the door of the car, had a weapon, That is the concern and the reason for the call. Thus becoming priority on the call, Here is how the situation should have been handled, and the Lady officer would agree, that she was over excited, talking over the other officer, being loud, and breaking into the standoff with intent to take over the scene.

First, Where is the immediate danger, The officer needed to allow the suspect to respond and not verbally scream at him over and over, adding aggression to a situation can lead to a result as this did. The officer, should have calmly asked the suspect for their name, And then asked "What is going on today, I hear you have a gun?" Allow him to answer then intervene "sir can you please place the weapon on the ground?" After the suspect would 1) refuse or 2) (on drugs hesitate) or 3) comply.

You have to give the suspect time, without escalation, If the suspect reaches for the gun, then the officer does have the right to protect themselves. However, one officer should have asked to disarm the suspect, instead of asking the suspect to disarm themselves, as the weapon was not branded nor facing the officers.

Also The lady officer fired 2 shots, not 1 at the suspect, that signifies intent, one shot should have been enough, in a non lethal area on the suspect. Hand, arm, shoulder, leg. Giving any other officer the recourse to intervene in the arrest and detain the suspect and remove the weapon.

From a Citizens standpoint, The officer really should've handled the situation better with poise and not aggression from the start. That escalated an otherwise Peaceful interaction. As a citizen, it is hard to comply when you are being yelled at, it is much easier to comply when you are being asked and not told, or have entered into a conversation. I understand the threat of a citizen branding a firearm. But if no shots were fired, from the suspect before arrival on scene, no injuries, no immediate threat to cops, as they surround the suspect, the Suspect is not intimidating the police, or threatening them in any manner.

We as citizens understand that all situations are different and that a peaceful situation can turn into a Life threatening one in an instant. But that was not the case, there was plenty of back up. In this situation where several officers were on scene the suspect should have been disarmed by the officer. and never should have asked the suspect to reach there their weapon.

On the officers side. The officer did what she thought was right, accessing the situation, However she was heated when taking control of the situation and asserted herself blindly into an aggressors position instead of a Negotiative one. asking to see hands of the suspect, would have been better, asking the suspect to walk backward to the sound of here voice would have been better, Almost any other form of Official Strategy to defuse a potentially dangerous situation would have been acceptable.

From what I am writing today, you might feel as tho I do not side with The officers, its just the opposite, I am siding with the officer. Just because there was many other ways to handle the situation, She choose, the best course, that allowed her to take charge and assert a resolution. The double tap, the aggression should warrant an evaluation into the mental state of the officer, In this case she was reckless, 99% of the time, I would say the opposite, but this situation was read incorrectly. Should she be dismissed or discharged, "NO" Will she need to learn better ways to handle situations like this in the future Absolutely Perhaps some time off, to think about what happened. But we, all of us, have been in a high risk situation, and not all of us, have responded with poise to that situation. I just hope that in the future, the officers take more time to see past, an individual, and look at the problem they were addressing, He was obviously frozen with fear, at the thought of disarming himself. He was obviously on drugs. Scared, disarm a compliant suspect. give commands that would ensure their Safety, instead of screaming at them abruptly. I have a conceal carry permit, If I was to be in the same situation I would need the officer to reassure me that they are here to help and direct me to be disarmed without a potential risk of imminent death.

sfurbish
sfurbish

Sadly, when you threaten people with a gun at BK and then still have the gun on you when the police arrive there isn't much room for error. Couldn't tell much from that video, but in hindsight they probably should have put him on the ground and then secured the weapon?

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

I have a headache just reading some of the responses here.....two shots shows intent? Shot him in the hand....WTF!! You have no sense of what they you are talking about! Do we as cops have to wait to the gun is pointed at us to defend ourselves....WTF is the matter with some of you! There was two 911 calls that had the subject pointing a gun a someone! Do you think i am showing up at a scene trying to negotiate! This dude sealed his one fate!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Good job Officer. I’m sorry for all the hell you are going to have to endure because of this righteous shooting. Keep your head up because you know in your heart, based on your training and experience that you did the right thing. Remember...Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

antialien
antialien

These protesters are morons for protesting for a guilty armed felon. How stupid can these people be?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Bad shoot. Suspect was complying when policewoman killed him.

RmdGRD
RmdGRD

WTF? There's is an internal investigation, and it's findings will be turned over to the DA?! I'm assuming at the internal investigation the officer will be read her garrity warning. NONE of THAT should be released to the DA. GARRITY statements are protected from being used to prosecute officers. Need to be a little more clear on how that's being done.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Very misleading headline on this story. He might have ignored the first few orders to put the gun down, but when he stopped ignoring those orders and started following those orders and tried to put the gun down, that is exactly what got him shot. Comply and die.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@PB62: First of all, the gun was in his pocket when he was initially ordered to put it down, so the orders didn't make sense. He finally assumed that the shooter wanted him to take the gun out of his pocket, and when he did that, she killed him for it. Not a good shoot by any definition. She shouldn't have shot him. What she should have done is ordered him to lie on his stomach with his arms out. However, once she decided NOT to choose the smart way, she doesn't get to shoot the guy for following her unclear instructions as best he could. And even if he was robbing the store (which I don't even think is true), the police don't get to shoot people for that. Police are not supposed to act as judge, jury and executioner.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Shoot the protesters also. In my city...WHITE PEOPLE NEVER PISS MOAN LOOT BURN or PROTEST whe a WHITE piece of TRASH is shot for REFUSING TO OBEY COMMANDS. What the hell is wrong with these morons.

bronx163
bronx163

Bottom line here is, u can not be a cop in 21st century. Policing is like making sausage, now you seen how it’s done u hate it. policing is not a 70s Adam 12 sitcom. policing is a hands on and violent profession. Guy has a gun close quarters and cop has no cover, it’s drop the gun or be raged and bagged. You don’t negotiate or use bs tazer.

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

whoa....how, exactly, was this guy supposed to "drop the gun" when he did not have it in his hands? Whatever happened to "PUT BOTH HANDS UP WHERE I CAN SEE THEM"?

Ben Cates
Ben Cates

This was a training mistake.

If the suspect has a weapon visible, then you order them to drop or place on the ground.

If no weapon is in the HAND, then you order them to put hands behind head.

Telling them to drop the gun, or put it on the ground, if it's not in their hand, REQUIRES them to reach for the weapon.

I'm not saying she should be punished - she probably feels bad enough, but this was a poor choice in commands and could have been avoided. The suspects response makes clear he thought he was complying with the order.

PD should re-evaluate training on this issue.

America1st
America1st

This is truly a sad case! Obviously the man was up to no good but in this case I believe the police made a huge mistake. I do not believe it was a “black vs cop” thing, although I’m sure it will be made out to be one. I feel it was lack of training that let the situation get bigger than they were able to “clearly focus” on. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is a career ender.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Well I sure hope the DA sees a better video than this. I can't even see his hands let alone tell what he had in them. If he does not have a weapon in his hand and one is not visible why the fuck are you yelling drop the gun. I would suggest in this case to tell the alleged suspect to get on the ground, lay face down on the ground. Then if he goes for a gun light him up. Only other option is work in a city or county that supports LEO.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Why do people do that all the time? You know the cops are nervous when people have guns in their hands. When told to drop guns, people should comply.

hampshire
hampshire

Apparently they could see it as the weapon was picked up after the shooting. Listen to the tape again. She had more patience than most. He should have dropped it immediately. IMMEDIATELY

Wasiechu
Wasiechu

Saw one version when it was said he’d handled the gun by its barrel. The problem here is “Put the gun down” allows the man to handle the gun and move it. In this case, the man did just that and got shot.

chickenqueen
chickenqueen

If I was a cop I would have shot him

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

During my academy we had role players acting out these scenarios (which every academy should do) and most cadets would yell drop the gun without seeing it, that issue was corrected on the spot by the instructors. If you watch the video closely he pulls the weapon out of his jacket pocket, you can see it snag on the clothing as he pulls it out, it was just a bad situation all around, when you have a possibly armed suspect not being compliant and your heart is beating out of your chest, it's gonna be a bad day 75% of the time

spd522
spd522

Dumbass.

PSC 1060
PSC 1060

Maybe, just maybe you don't go to a BK and threaten people with a gun and then it doesn't matter what happens after that... accountability for your OWN actions... something this country has forgotten about!

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Another useless POS breeder taken out, no loss.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Remain calm and everyone has a right to protest? Remain calm about what? Protest what? He was ignorant and got his ass killed end of story. The fact that he was black has got nothing to do with it! He had a gun, he was ordered, he didn't comply, tough shit meathead! Protest that people! A bunch of opposers should drive by your protest with the speakers blaring out: "Another one bites the dust!"

jbrett
jbrett

Police shot a gunman who had pointed his weapon at people in the Burger King and subject criminal was not cooperating, and NOT an innocent person. If the officers were any more lenient with the criminal, the safety of the officers and restaurant patrons would have been at risk. Wake up people, stop feeling sorry for criminals involved in violent crimes.

tfort
tfort

Drop the gun. He goes to drop the gun and the cop kills him.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The day can't be far when the public decides to start offing cops indiscriminately, en masse.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

@ben Cates Ben, please understand that Boogers Allday is a self-appointed authority based on his review of two "Cops" episodes and a YouTube video of police training from 1974. His only reason for existence is his need for self-importance by spewing non-sensical gibberish in a manner which he thinks makes sense to normal people. It doesn't. He is a classic narcissist who believes he is right because he said so. Don't bother with him, he is a fool.

If you really want a good laugh, check out his blogs under his screen name.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

The review of the tape should be enough investigation. It should be quickly reviewed by the Prosecutor's office and summarily dismissed. Don't drag it out for weeks to let the sentiment die down. Make it clear and abrupt. You have a gun and don't drop it when commanded by an officer, you get shot!!This might cause a riot but it also would send a message!

vwiles34
vwiles34

It seems like you have lots of Monday morning quarterbacks whenever a suspect is shot by police. Well if they're black anyway if they had been white this wouldn't have been given a second look at. I think it would be great if the leaders of these protests be offered publicly to go to a police training facility and sent through a shot don't shot scenario and get a true sense of what an officer is facing in situations where split-second decisions are made. And drink a couple of red bulls beforehand to help them feel the adrenalin going through the officers when answering a man with a gun call. Because officers first and foremost are human beings and not immune from normal feelings when going into a very dangerous situation.

And they would need to agree beforehand to allow there results from this training exercise be made public. Then see how they do in highly charged situations like this. But that isn't an option because I'd bet none of them would do it. And if they did and the outcome wasn't in there favor they'd just say the test was rigged. Its this bias against police from the adults that cause or youth to have no respect for LEO's or for the law and to go out and put themselves in these situations that end up getting them killed. The bottom line is that if this guy hadn't gone to a fast food restaurant and been waving a gun around the police wouldn't have been there in the first place. But he chose to live his life like a thug, so he died like a thug.

And if instead of being so quick to come out in force trying to blame the police and let their kids be brought up with a misguided sense of police are the enemy. They stayed home and taught their kids, now this is what happens when you go out breaking the law and carrying a gun. But they'd rather be the voice of a thug than a teacher to there children.

So enough of this BS of coming out 2nd guessing police officers split-second decision when dealing with a possible armed suspect and this teaching kids that white cops are all corrupt and are out there to kill black kids. That's nothing but an excuse for kids to rebel against cops.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Unfortunately ,this is what happens when you > insist < on ordering a Whopper w/o pickles....... So just let this be a lesson to everyone.

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

Cops should have offered him some KFC if he would put gun down. That works.