CMPD: Man Accused Of Shooting At Officers Found Dead In West Charlotte Apartment
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a man accused of shooting at officers early Tuesday morning was found dead inside of an apartment in west Charlotte.
The shooting happened in the 3400 block of Forestbrook Drive, at Queen City Drive. That is at the Glen Haven Apartments, according to WBTV, the Observer’s media partner.
Police said they were called to the scene about 5 a.m. for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, a person began shooting at officers from a second-floor balcony, Police Chief Kerr Putney said at the scene. An officer returned fire, police said.
CMPD said a SWAT team and negotiators were sent to the scene. They went inside the second-floor apartment and found the suspect dead, Putney said. Police said no officers were injured.
As the shooting was ongoing, police asked residents to stay in their homes. By about 7:15 a.m., police cars and fire engines began to leave the area.
“Our officers did a fantastic job,” Putney said, according to WBTV. “They were heroes today and they probably saved lives.”
Tuesday’s incident was the third officer-involved shooting in two weeks in which a suspect died. On Sunday, police were attempting to serve a warrant in an apartment building off Remount Road when they said Germonta Wallace began shooting at a group of officers. Officers returned fire, striking Wallace. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said Wallace was a suspect in the death of a man whose body was found in a burning car near the town of Ranlo in Gaston County.
On Christmas Eve, shots were fired between two groups at Northlake Mall in north Charlotte. A responding off-duty police officer shot and killed one of the alleged gunmen who Putney said turned and pointed his weapon at the officer. Daquan Antonio Westbrook, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.