Four officers were killed and others wounded in a shootout in Charlotte, NC, yesterday 

April 30 – Members of the US Marshals Task Force were serving a warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in a neighborhood outside of Charlotte, NC, on Monday, when gunfire erupted. 

The man the officers were looking for was using a high powered rifle and the Marshals eventually killed him in the front yard.  

Three members of the task force were killed, as well as a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer. 

All had served years in their respective departments and all left wives and children behind. 

A number of other officers were injured. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I often say police are in dangerous circumstances all of the time, but when you’re serving a warrant, or you have the local sheriff going to deliver a PFA to somebody’s house, for example, I’ve often thought those are some of the most dangerous situations law enforcement will face and unfortunately, that’s what happened yesterday in Charlotte.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “We got a couple of teenagers I understand also in custody for questioning here. I’m not sure if there’s more developments on that. It’s certainly one to watch but it is an absolute tragedy. If indeed they are charged, do they face the chair or the needle or something along those lines? I would imagine yes.”

Barkdoll said “I would imagine. Now, most states have eliminated the death penalty. However, there are enhanced penalties in most states for homicide involving a law enforcement officer or a public official. So if North Carolina has that on their books, this would be a case that certainly would apply. The reporting is that there’s a female and a 17 year old that were found inside that house after all of this happened and they are being questioned. It’s not clear if they are suspects or what their role is, if they were just innocent bystanders. We’ll probably hear a lot more about this case today.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7 FM pointed out, “I am just a little confused when I look at this guy, I don’t mean to minimize anything here. I really don’t, because I think people should have consequences for breaking the law. But it’s eluding police, maintaining vehicles or dwelling place CS. I don’t even know what that is. Well, manufacture marijuana, maybe that, but we use this kind of force?” 

Ryan said, “He was a convicted felon that had a firearm.”

Jansen said, “But I don’t see I don’t see anything really bad. I’m reading what is being reported about his record.”

Barkdoll said, “This was in the context of he’s convicted felon. He was wanted for possessing a firearm. So the context is presumably and when you see probation officers there because this guy would have been under supervision. They were going over to pick him up to violate him for possessing that firearm. The fact that again, you have a US Marshal there, they probably had some intelligence that this guy was dangerous. We don’t know how they learned about him having a firearm, but they must have felt that he was a danger to the community and that’s likely why not only they went there, but they even used some degree of force to get into the house when he failed to emerge.”