CMPD officer shot while serving warrant in Charlotte; suspect killed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was shot in the ankle while serving a homicide warrant Sunday night.

CMPD says it happened in the 2600 block of Watson Avenue around 9:00 pm. When officers approached the home, Germonta Wallace and Marquez Breon Springs-Owens were leaving the home. Wallace fired at detectives, according to CMPD, hitting an officer in the ankle.

Officers returned fire, and killed 30-year-old Wallace.

The officer shot in the ankle is being treated at CMC for injuries.

Police say they were looking for Wallace in connection with a recent murder in Gaston County. 

Some people were barricaded in the home, and the SWAT team had to be called to get everyone out of the home.

Springs-Owens surrendered to SWAT. After investigating officers arrested and charged Spring-Owens with first degree murder, for killing 34-year-old Norris Martin who was found dead in the trunk of a car in Gaston County Wednesday.

Eight officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after discharging their firearms Sunday night. This is standard procedure, according to police.

Springs-Owens will be in court Tuesday facing several charges, including first degree murder.

CMPD says the Internal Affairs Bureau is conducting a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.

List of officers on paid administrative leave:

  • Joshua Allman, hired on September 25, 2006, assigned to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.
  • Tim Kiefer, hired on January 22, 2007, assigned to the K9 Unit.
  • David Michaud, hired on September 21, 1994, assigned to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.
  • Vaughn Pauls, hired on August 18, 1999, assigned to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.
  • Donald Penix, hired on July 30, 1997, assigned to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.
  • Eric Peterson, hired on May 20, 1987, assigned to the Special Operations Division.
  • Jeremy Towe, hired on September 21, 2001, assigned to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.
  • Jessica Zinobile, hired on September 27, 2004, assigned to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.
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