Updated Apr 30, 2024 - News

4 officers killed in east Charlotte shooting

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On Monday, April 29, eight law enforcement officials were shot, four fatally, in the Shannon Park neighborhood in east Charlotte.

  • Three of the officers killed were with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force: Sam Poloche, Alden Elliott and Deputy Marshal Thomas Weeks.
  • One Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, Joshua Eyer, died Monday night from gunshot wounds, according to CMPD.
  • The others who were shot were three CMPD officers and a Statesville Police Department officer.

Driving the news: President Joe Biden is expected to meet with the victims' families Thursday, May 2, our news partners at WBTV reported.

Catch up quick: In a press conference on Tuesday, CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings, U.S. Marshal director Ronald Davis, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles all gave updates on the shooting.

  • Officials confirmed they are not looking for any suspects, and that they're still investigating whether there was a second shooter.
  • They found an AR-15 and a 40-caliber handgun inside the home, which they are still investigating.
  • Jennings said that Terry Clark Hughes Jr. shot at the officers from upstairs, from both the front and back of the home.
  • The U.S. Marshals task force was serving a warrant on Hughes for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of a felony to elude out of Lincoln County.
  • Hughes shot at the officers, who shot back and killed him.
  • Two women found inside the home were there voluntarily — one adult and one 17-year-old. They're cooperating with authorities and are not currently being charged with any crimes.

Zoom in: During Tuesday's press conference, Jennings identified the law enforcement officials recovering from the shooting and the name of the U.S. Marshal who was killed.

  • Weeks leaves behind four children. Poloche had two children; Elliott and Eyer each had one.
  • CMPD officers Chris Tolley, Mike Giglio, Jack Blowers and Statesville Police Department's Cpl. Casey Hoover (a member of the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force) were shot and are all expected to recover. CMPD officer Justin Campbell was treated for a broken foot and was released from the hospital Tuesday morning.
  • A memorial service for Eyer will take place Friday, May 3, at 10am at First Baptist Church at 301 S. Davidson St., per CMPD. Procession to the church will start at 9:30am from 601 E. Trade St.
Officers killed in east Charlotte shooting.
From left: Deputy Marshal Thomas Weeks; CMPD officer Joshua Eyer; North Carolina Department of Adult Correction officers Samuel "Sam" Poloche and William "Alden" Elliott. Photo: Courtesy of CMPD and the U.S. Marshals Service

By the numbers: 16 agencies are involved in the U.S. Marshals task force that covers North Carolina, including members of CMPD, according to Davis.

  • 12 CMPD officers fired their service weapons on Tuesday. They're all on administrative leave, which is standard policy for officer-involved shootings.

What they're saying: "Yesterday, I met with some of the fellow officers and heard stories about the officers who lost their lives — they were good ones, people that you could trust. People you could count on and people who would risk their lives," Cooper said during Tuesday's press conference.

  • "We didn't just have a bad day for the community, this is a loss for the entire country," Davis said during Tuesday's press conference.
  • "Charlotte isn't going to be the last place that this happens, but Charlotte will be the place that will heal, that will heal with dignity and respect for everyone," Lyles said.
  • President Joe Biden said in a statement late Monday, "When a law enforcement officer puts on that shield in the morning and heads out the door, their family members dread the phone call — the very call that came today. It's like losing a piece of your soul."
  • "Today's an absolutely tragic day for the city of Charlotte and for the profession of law enforcement," Jennings said Monday when CMPD addressed the media for the first time. "Today we lost some heroes that are out just simply trying to keep our community safe."

How to support those affected

State, local and federal leaders gather in Uptown Charlotte for a press conference followed Monday's mass shooting.
(Left to right): CMPD chief Johnny Jennings, U.S. Marshals director Ronald Davis, U.S. Marshal for the western district Terry Burgin, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, N.C. attorney general Josh Stein, Mayor Vi Lyles and Charlotte city manager Marcus Jones. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Editor's note: This story was originally published on April 29 and was updated as new details emerged. The most recent update was May 1.


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