CMPD: Man needed in murder 'ambushes' police, shot lifeless at headquart…


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in west Charlotte is dead after an officer-involved shooting at CMPD headquarters Thursday night.

A police source says the man wanted in the deadly shooting is 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett. Bennett was wanted in connection with the deadly shooting of his girlfriend and mother of his child, 24-year-old Brittany White.

Police said they were briefing in the parking lot between the law enforcement center and the CMPD parking deck, when they were shot at multiple times. Several officers returned fire, police said. 

“He ambushed us, he shot at us,” CMPD Police Chief Chief Putney said in a press briefing early Friday morning.

An officer was shot and injured in the shooting at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Law Enforcement Center. The officer was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

The officer’s identity has not been released. 

“Its obvious he knew we were looking for him. Here’s what I’ll tell you, times like this make you appreciate people who voluntary put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Unfortunately some use that against us,” Chief Putney said.

Investigators believe Bennett shot and killed White and then took his infant daughter in west Charlotte Thursday afternoon. 

The incident happened before 2 p.m. on the 4100 block of Carlyle Drive, which is off of Alleghany Street near Wilkinson Boulevard. Officers said Brittany White, 24, was found dead with a gunshot wound.

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Bennett was being sought in connection to the death. Detectives say Bennett was believed to have taken the 2-month-old girl with him when he left the scene.

Bennett was considered armed and dangerous.

A source close to the investigation said that Bennett changed the license plate on his vehicle before going to the law enforcement center.

Police said an Amber Alert was being issued for the 2-month-old, Journei Bennett, before she was found. Officials say a second child was found unharmed at the scene.

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

There is no word on what…



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