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:

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Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

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

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.

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.

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!

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.