Shooter Acted Alone in Fatal North Carolina Police Warrant Incident – No Friendly Fire Detected

Charlotte, North Carolina – Authorities in Charlotte, North Carolina reported Friday that a lone gunman was responsible for the fatal shooting of four law enforcement officers during an incident last month. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed that the shooter, identified as 39-year-old Terry Clark Hughes Jr., acted alone and there was no friendly fire involved in the tragic incident.

The shooting took place on April 29 in a residential neighborhood when officers from a U.S. Marshals Task Force came under fire while attempting to serve warrants. In the ensuing gun battle, four officers were killed, including two from the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections, one from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Additionally, four other officers were wounded during the confrontation.

An investigation revealed that Hughes, armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, was the sole shooter and was fatally shot by law enforcement after a 17-minute gun battle. Despite initial confusion that there might have been a second shooter due to movements observed in the house, evidence later confirmed that Hughes was the only individual involved.

Police Chief Johnny Jennings described the incident as the most tragic time in the department’s history. He acknowledged the challenges faced by officers in coping with the loss of their colleagues while emphasizing the importance of continuing their work in the community.

Deputy Chief Tonya Arrington provided details of the investigation, including the analysis of body-worn camera footage, numerous interviews, and physical evidence collection. She highlighted the shooter’s clear intent to harm officers during the confrontation, emphasizing the gravity of the situation faced by law enforcement that day.

President Joe Biden had personally met with the families of the fallen officers, underscoring the significance of the event and the impact it had on the local community. The shooting marked one of the deadliest incidents involving law enforcement officers since 2016, drawing attention to the risks faced by those serving in the line of duty.