Multiple Officers Dead After Trying To Serve Warrant

Multiple Officers Dead After Trying To Serve Warrant

( – Four law enforcement officers died after they came under heavy gunfire while attempting to serve a warrant in Charlotte, North Carolina. A US Marshal and three police officers were gunned down during what Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings called the bloodiest day of his 32-year career.

The incident happened in a quiet residential street in Charlotte when officers tried to serve the warrant for firearm possession but were met with gunfire from a house. The police returned fire, and the suspect, who had run from the house with a gun, was shot dead on the lawn. Officers, believing the incident was over, approached the residence and again came under fire. After a subsequent three-hour standoff, SWAT teams cleared the house and arrested two women and a 17-year-old girl. Eight officers in total were shot, with four transported to local hospitals.

The dead suspect was later identified as 39-year-old Terry Clark Hughes. The names of those detained have not been released, and police did not comment on their role in the tragedy.

North Carolina’s Secretary of Adult Corrections Todd Ishee released the names of the dead officers, including Sam Poloche and Alden Elliott of the Department of Adult Corrections. Both men were married with young children. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Joshua Eyer was also killed and is survived by his wife and 3-year-old child.

The US Marshal who died was Thomas Weeks Jr., and those injured were Christopher Tolley, Michael Giglio, and Jack Blowers. All three sustained gunshot wounds but were later released from the hospital. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer Justin Campbell suffered a broken foot.

An emotional Charlotte Mayor, Vi Lyles, paid tribute to the fallen men, saying they gave their lives to protect the safety of the city’s residents. President Joe Biden praised the officers and spoke with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, offering support and assistance. “They are heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice … We mourn for them and their loved ones,” the President said.

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