Suspect shot, killed after opening fire at CMPD headquarters

North Carolina man suspected of murder dies in shootout after ambushing police officers, cops say

Homicide suspect is killed after ambushing cops, shooting officer

Bennett and White had an infant daughter together, and Bennett took the child with him after the shooting, police said.

At 10:49 p.m., Putney said Bennett drove onto CMPD's parking lot in the Ford Expedition.

Police said they were briefing in the parking lot between the law enforcement center and the CMPD parking deck, when they were shot at multiple times.

The officer was struck in the leg and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

More tense moments followed as officers learned one of their own was shot. Officers returned fire and shot 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett. Authorities have not said exactly where they found little Journei.

North Carolina man suspected of murder dies in shootout after ambushing police officers, cops say

"We have an officer down, officer down at the L.E.C. - shots fired", another officer can be heard saying on the radio.

Putney said it was doubtful that there would be any body camera footage from the shooting outside CMPD headquarters because it was an ambush. "Slow the traffic. Suspect is in custody". CMPD issued a press released that said Bennett was believed to be driving an older white Ford Expedition. Jonathan Bennett should be considered armed and unsafe, police warned.

Bennett has been jailed at least three times in Mecklenburg County since 2016, for charges including assault on a female, communicating threats and larceny.

The cops, who were conducting a brief on an unrelated operation, fatally shot Bennett, who later died in the hospital, according to Putney. Six to eight officers were outside, some of which were parole and probations officers. Police say Bennett removed the NY license plates on his vehicle and changed them while authorities searched for his SUV.

The officer who was injured is expected to be okay. The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave.

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