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Crime & Justice

Police: U.S. Marshal Shoots, Kills Man In Charlotte

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Updated 2:30 p.m. March 24

Police in Charlotte say a U.S. marshal shot and killed a man late Tuesday morning on the city’s east side.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, members of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force were attempting to arrest 32-year-old Frankie Jennings at a convenience store in the 2200 block of The Plaza when one of the deputies "perceived a lethal threat" and shot Jennings to death.

Jennings died at the scene. No one else was hurt. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating the shooting.

As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the department had not identified the task force officer who killed Jennings. According to a news release, officers found a gun after the shooting. Police did not say why marshals were arresting Jennings other than that he had “several outstanding warrants.”

The group Charlotte Uprising held a vigil for Jennings Tuesday evening at the site where he was shot.

Charges in the outstanding warrants against Jennings included assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Joel McNelly said at a news conference.

The police department referred questions about the deputy marshal who shot Jennings to the Marshals Service. Marshals Service officials did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Mourners later gathered at the scene for a candlelight vigil. News footage showed several dozen people attending. Mourners brought flowers and balloons, and noted that Jennings was shot on his birthday

The police department is asking anyone with information to call 704-432-8477.

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