CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — UPDATE: Officer Shue has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police has identified Casey Shue as the officer shot in the leg when a suspected murderer opened fire on headquarters late Thursday night.
Officers were meeting outside CMPD headquarters at 601 E. Trade Street just before 11 p.m. when 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett opened fire, according to CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.
Bennett, who investigators say killed his wife and then kidnapped his 3-month-old child, had been on the run for much of the day. Police say he drove into the parking lot in his white Ford Expedition and “ambushed [the officers] as he shot.”
Officers returned fire, striking Bennett. He was detained and taken to Carolinas Medical Center- Main where he was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the shooting.
Chief Putney tells FOX 46 Charlotte that Officer Shue is expected to be okay and is in good spirits despite what happened. She was recognized as officer of the month last August for her outstanding work in keeping Hidden Valley neighborhood members safer. That work included removing six guns from the streets of the community while making twenty-one arrests. She also led officer initiated activities in the North Tryon Division this past summer.
FOX 46 Charlotte spoke with Officer Shue’s mother who did not want to go on camera, but did say that her daughter was “lucky” and that she was “on the road to recovery.”
Two CMPD officers and two probation officers fired shots during the incident. They have been identified as as Jeffrey Zederbaum and Jared Decker.
The Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed, as is standard procedure.
All officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is department protocol.