Murder Suspect Jonathan Bennett Ambushes Police Officers, Dies Following Shootout

Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett

The man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in west Charlotte is dead after an officer-involved shooting at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters Thursday night. Several officers returned fire, striking and killing Bennett, police said.

An officer was shot in a leg but is expected to be okay.

The baby, Journei Bennett was missing from the scene, sparking a huge search and an amber alert to be issued. Details about why Bennett started shooting are unknown.

The Charlotte Observer quoted Putney as saying it was doubtful that the shooting was captured on police body camera footage because it was an ambush.

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

"Times like this make you appreciate people who voluntarily put their lives on the line to keep us safe", Putney said, emphasizing that officers have a "dangerous job". It's not clear how many times Bennett was shot.

WSOC reported the call for assistance at the Law Enforcement Center produced a flood of police cars rushing to the scene.

At 5:40, CMPD announced the baby had been located and was safe, but that Bennett was still on the run and should be considered armed and unsafe.

White was found dead just before 2 the 4100 block of Carlyle Drive, which is off of Alleghany Street near Wilkinson Boulevard, police said. Authorities have not said exactly where they found little Journei.

The incident happened late Thursday night, when six to eight officers were in the parking lot of the building and were being briefed on an unrelated case.

Records from the Mecklenburg County Jail show that Bennett has been arrested before and faced charges including communicating threats and assault on a female.

Putney said the injured officer was in good spirits. Such investigations are standard when police fire their weapons.

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