U.S.: Eight police officers shot while serving warrants in North Carolina

Authorities have identified three of the dead officers.
U.S.: Eight police officers shot while serving warrants in North Carolina

Four U.S. Marshals officers were shot and killed, and four injured, while attempting to serve two warrants in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Around 1:30 p.m. local time, at a home on the 5000 block of Galway Drive in the city's North Tryon Division, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was serving active felony warrants for felon possession of a firearm and felony run to an escaped male suspect’s home. According to police, the man who was identified by investigators as Terry Clark Hughes, Jr., 39, allegedly began fire, hitting several policemen. The officers on the scene requested backup. The suspect allegedly continued to shoot as more officers arrived.

Hughes allegedly left the house with a handgun. According to police, officers fired on Hughes as he was perceived as an "imminent deadly threat." Later on, the suspect was pronounced dead at the site. President Joe Biden stated in a statement Monday night that the four cops killed were « heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, rushing into harm's way to protect us. »

« We sorrow for them and their families. And we pray for the recovery of the brave officers who were injured, » he said. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper stated on social media that he had spoken with police about the incident and had offered state resources to assist. Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, who was visibly distraught, said she had received support from the White House, members of Congress, and state leaders.

An investigation is ongoing.


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