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.
Neighbors say the gunshots sounded like fireworks going off in this West Charlotte neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/T2Q7owswqm— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) January 4, 2016
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.