CMPD: Man wanted in homicide 'ambushes' police, shot dead at headquarters


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in west Charlotte is dead after an officer-involved shooting at CMPD headquarters Thursday night.

A police source says the man wanted in the deadly shooting is 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett. Bennett was wanted in connection with the deadly shooting of his girlfriend and mother of his child, 24-year-old Brittany White.

Police said they were briefing in the parking lot between the law enforcement center and the CMPD parking deck, when they were shot at multiple times. Several officers returned fire, police said. 

“He ambushed us, he shot at us,” CMPD Police Chief Chief Putney said in a press briefing early Friday morning.

An officer was shot and injured in the shooting at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Law Enforcement Center. The officer was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

The officer’s identity has not been released. 

“Its obvious he knew we were looking for him. Here’s what I’ll tell you, times like this make you appreciate people who voluntary put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Unfortunately some use that against us,” Chief Putney said.

Investigators believe Bennett shot and killed White and then took his infant daughter in west Charlotte Thursday afternoon. 

The incident happened before 2 p.m. on the 4100 block of Carlyle Drive, which is off of Alleghany Street near Wilkinson Boulevard. Officers said Brittany White, 24, was found dead with a gunshot wound.

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Bennett was being sought in connection to the death. Detectives say Bennett was believed to have taken the 2-month-old girl with him when he left the scene.

Bennett was considered armed and dangerous.

A source close to the investigation said that Bennett changed the license plate on his vehicle before going to the law enforcement center.

Police said an Amber Alert was being issued for the 2-month-old, Journei Bennett, before she was found. Officials say a second child was found unharmed at the scene.

A neighbor near the scene said he heard about five gunshots, then saw police cars racing toward the scene.

There is no word on what may have led to the incident.

A man who claims to be a neighbor and friend of Bennett said he was surprised to hear about the incident.

“John is a really good guy, really nice dude to me as far as I know him. I’ve never seen no aggression out of him,” said Rahshawn Johnson.

Johnson urged Bennett to come forward if he is responsible for the crimes.

“Do the right thing, John. Just do the right thing. You know what’s right. Only you know the story so do the right thing. You gotta live with it so clear your heart,” said Johnson.

Records from the Mecklenburg County Jail show that Bennett has been arrested before and faced charges including communicating threats and assault on a female.

This marks Charlotte’s first homicide of 2018.

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