Homicide suspect shot dead after he 'ambushed' officers at CMPD headquarters


White was shot and pronounced dead at a residence in West Charlotte, according to WFAE. "Unfortunately some people use that against us", Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a 3-month old baby has been found safe and unharmed after police officers investigating a homicide discovered the child was missing. One officer was shot in the leg and taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

Police Chief Kerr Putney told Channel 9 that Jonathan Bennett, 23, ambushed and shot at officers who were standing outside headquarters around 10:45 p.m., and officers returned fire.

A neighbor near the scene said he heard about five gunshots, then saw police cars racing toward the scene.

It appears to be a "domestic-related and that the victim and suspect were known to one another", police said. Detectives say Bennett was believed to have taken the 2-month-old girl with him when he left the scene. Jonathan Bennett should be considered armed and risky, police warned. He also had a tattoo of a crown with the word "King" on his neck, in the middle of his Adam's apple. He was last seen driving an older, white Ford Expedition with NY license plates HUP3071.

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

Bennett himself was critically injured and was taken to the hospital where he died, Putney said, according to local publication the News and Observer. "You could've talked it out or came and talked to me".

This is the first homicide reported in the Queen City in 2018.