4 Police Officers Killed, Another 4 Injured During Shooting Serving Home Warrant

(FeaturedHeadlines.com) A convicted felon killed four law enforcement officers and injured four others who were serving a warrant at a Charlotte, North Carolina residence. The shooter, identified as Terry Clark Hughes Jr., also died in the shootout with police.

On April 29, a multi-agency task force tried to execute a warrant on Hughes for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hughes’ criminal record spans more than a decade, having been convicted and served time for crimes including reckless driving, eluding arrest, breaking and entering, and possessing a firearm as a felon.

Hughes began firing on officers as they approached the residence, according to police. There are indications that Hughes noticed law enforcement nearing the residence before they got to the door.

The slain officers include a deputy US Marshal, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer, and two North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections officers. Four other officers were shot during the incident and a fifth suffered a broken foot.

More than 100 rounds were exchanged in the shootout, which involved Hughes and a dozen officers. The incident is the deadliest attack on US law enforcement officers since 2016.

The officers were at a “disadvantage” because Hughes fired upon officers from an elevated position. Police initially believed there may have been multiple shooters but later said that Hughes was likely moving around the residence. Officers shot and killed Hughes after he exited the house onto an awning from a second-floor window.

Police took a woman and 17-year-old girl out of the house following the shootout, neither of whom have been charged. The two individuals have been fully cooperative with investigators.

US President Joe Biden called North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to express his condolences. US Attorney General Merrick Garland also issued a statement on the incident, calling the police deaths an “unfathomable” loss.

The incident serves as a reminder that law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way on a regular basis, especially when serving warrants on felonious gun owners.

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