Body-Cam footage has just been released from a lethal shooting that happened in Charlotte, North Carolina on January 11th.
According to reports:
"Jonathan Bennett died when he traded gunfire with officers outside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police headquarters in North Carolina. The body camera video from several angles shows officers duck for cover when Bennett started shooting and their quick return of fire."
"Police had been looking for Bennett after his girlfriend was found murdered earlier in the day in Charlotte.He began shooting at officers outside headquarters around 10:45 p.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Casey Shue was wounded in the leg, wsoctv.com reported. As officers returned fire, Bennett was hit and fell to the ground. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead."
I want to warn you, the video below is unedited and shows the actual moment Bennett was shot and killed.
"Officials said two CMPD officers and two probation officers fired at Bennett. The CMPD officers were identified as Jeffrey Zederbaum and Jared Decker. The others were Probation Officer Dwain Johnson and Probation Officer Jason Dzierzynski.Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather said last week that he has reviewed the incident and found that the officers were justified in their use of force and would not be seeking charges against them. His report said the officers involved were unaware at the time of the shooting that Bennett was the suspect in the earlier murder investigation."
"Merriweather's report concluded that when 'Officers Johnson, Dzierzynski, Decker, and Zederbaum fired their weapons at Bennett, they and numerous other unsuspecting officers were under fire from him'. 'As such, they faced an imminent threat of great bodily harm or death and were justified in returning fire.' it said. 'Consequently, I will not be seeking charges related to the death of Jonathan Bennett.' A 9mm pistol was found next to Bennett before he was taken to the hospital."
Although many would say that this is a justified shooting, it's hard to see anyone lose their life, no matter what they've done.