Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Law Enforcement Center hours after the man allegedly killed the mother of his infant daughter.
According to police, Jonathan Bennett, 23, drove into the parking lot outside the police department at about 11 p.m. and opened fire on a group of officers. One officer was hit by gunfire, while police returned fire on the suspect, shooting and killing him.
The officer was struck in the leg and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Bennett was wanted in a domestic-related homicide that occurred earlier in the day. Preliminary investigation shows he pulled into the parking lot of Law Enforcement Center and shot at several officers who were there briefing on an unrelated case.— CMPD News (@CMPD) January 12, 2018
Preliminary info indicates that a CMPD Officer has been shot in leg. Transported to hospital. Injuries reported to be non life threatening at this time. Additional info to be released when it becomes available.— CMPD News (@CMPD) January 12, 2018
The shootout came about six hours after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced they were searching for Bennett as the suspect in the killing of the mother of Bennett's 2-month-old baby.
Officials initially said the man had fled with the baby, Journei Bennett, but she was found safe and unharmed, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said.
Police said the victim, whose name was not released, was found shot at a home this afternoon. She died at the scene, police said. A second child was found unharmed at the scene, police said.
It appears to be a "domestic-related and that the victim and suspect were known to one another," police said.
Police had announced they were searching for Jonathan Bennett, who was last seen driving a white Ford Expedition, earlier in the day.
Homicide suspect identified as Jonathan Bennett, 23, believed to have taken his 2-month-old infant, Journei Bennett, after killing her mother. Last seen driving older white Ford Expedition with New York license plates HUP3071. pic.twitter.com/QU5aegZGbk— CMPD News (@CMPD) January 11, 2018