GRAPHIC VIDEO: CMPD Releases Footage From January Ambush of Police Officers

Jonathan Bennett was killed after opening fire on police in parking lot



This afternoon, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released footage of an incident in which a group of officers were ambushed at the department's headquarters in January. An officer was shot in the incident, while the suspect was shot and killed.

According to CMPD, on January 11, officers with CMPD and North Carolina Probation and Parole were briefing in the parking lot of the headquarters in Uptown Charlotte when a man approached and opened fire. Officers returned fire, killing the man. Officer Casey Shue was struck by a bullet in the leg. She would later recover.

The suspect was later found to be Jonathan Bennett, who was wanted for the murder of Brittany White in west Charlotte earlier that day.

Tuesday afternoon, CMPD released three videos from officers who were involved. In the third video, from the body camera attached to officer Jeffrey Zederbaum, Bennett appears at the center of the screen almost immediately, then opens fire, sending officers running for cover. Shue can be seen at the left of the screen. When shots ring out, she runs across the parking lot.

A Superior Court judge today granted a media request for the department to release the footage. A judge denied the request in February, despite the fact that CMPD had not objected to the release.

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