Suspected murderer shot, killed at CMPD Headquarters after ambushing officers


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A suspected murderer was shot at CMPD Headquarters in uptown Thursday night after he ambushed officers who were standing outside, injuring one of them. The suspect later died from his wounds in the hospital. 

According to CMPD Chief Kerr Putney, just before 11:00 p.m. CMPD officers were meeting outside of headquarters at 601 E. Trade Street for a briefing on an unrelated operation.

The suspected murderer, 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett, drove into the parking lot in his white Ford Expedition where officers were standing and ambushed them with gunfire, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

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“He ambushed us he shot at us,” Chief Kerr Putney said. He noted that due to the circumstances of the incident, it is unlikely that there is any body camera footage of the incident, but they are checking to see if there is surveillance video of the incident. 

Police say they returned fire, striking Bennett. He was detained and transported to the Carolinas Medical Center- Main where he later died due to his injuries.

The suspect’s gunfire hit one officer in the leg. That officer was also transported to CMC-Main with non-life threatening injuries.

Bennett had been on the run much of the day Thursday after investigators say he killed his wife and kidnapped his 3-month-old child. Police say Bennett removed the New York license plates on his vehicle and changed them while authorities searched for his SUV. 

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Chief Putney says the police department will check to see if changes need to be made to building to increase safety and security, but added that officers can be ambushed anywhere. 

“Times like this make you appreciate the people who voluntarily put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Unfortunately some people use that against us,” Chief Putney said.  

The officer who was injured is expected to be okay. The chief says she is in good spirits depsite what happened.

Watch CMPD’s live press conference below.


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