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.
Officers were called to the 4100 block of Carlyle Drive around 1:40 p.m. Thursday, where they found 23-year-old Brittany White with a gunshot wound inside a home.
Putney said several shots were fired at officers, who returned fire, killing Bennett. The officer who was wounded in the ambush was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 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.
Police told NBC Charlotte another child was found on the scene of the homicide unharmed. Police found a woman shot and killed inside the home. They believe Bennett took Journei Bennett, who he shared with the victim.
Bennett should be considered armed and unsafe.
Bennett’s neighbors asked him to turn himself in while he was on the run.
Bennett himself was critically injured and was taken to the hospital where he died, Putney said, according to local publication the News and Observer.
“John is a really good guy, really nice dude to me as far as I know him. You gotta live with it so clear your heart”, said Johnson.
This is the first homicide reported in the Queen City in 2018.
Records from the Mecklenburg County Jail show that Bennett has been arrested before and faced charges including communicating threats and assault on a female.