Cops Dead in Failed Warrant Operation

(ReliableNews.org) – The country is mourning the loss of four police officers. The cops died in a shootout with a suspect in Charlotte, North Carolina. The attack is one of the most deadly in recent history.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), several of its officers joined a US Marshals Fugitive Task Force to serve a warrant on Terry Clark Hughes Jr. for felony flee to elude and possession of a firearm by a felon. At approximately 1:30 p.m., the law enforcement officers approached a home. Hughes allegedly opened fire from the second story of the residence. The 39-year-old struck multiple officers. As backup arrived on the scene, he shot more officers.

The suspect eventually exited the home with a firearm, and law enforcement fatally shot him. When the police tried to enter the house, they were met by more gunfire. The CMPD SWAT team began negotiations with the people in the house, and eventually, two women exited. One of them was only 17 years old.

Eight officers were hit by gunfire. Four of them were members of the CMPD, including Officer Joshua Eyer, who died from his injuries.

The four other officers were from the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, which consists of police from multiple agencies. Deputy US Marshal Thomas Weeks died from his injuries. North Carolina Department of Adult Correction Officers Alden Elliot and Sam Poloche died as well. The US Marshals Service released a statement mourning the loss of all the officers killed.

CMPD Officers Jack Blowers and Michael Giglio were treated for gunshot wounds and released from the hospital. CMPD Officer Christopher Tolley is in the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery.

President Joe Biden released a statement calling the officers “heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice” and mourning the loss. He also said he was praying for those who sustained injuries during the incident.

The shooting was one of the most deadly in history. In July 2016, five officers were murdered in Dallas, Texas, by an armed sniper. Before that, in 1998, a suspect used a hidden handcuff key and killed two Tampa, Florida detectives and a Florida State Trooper.

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