CMPD officer will not face charges after fatal Burger King shooting

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The District Attorney's Office will not be seeking charges against a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed an armed man at a north Charlotte Burger King earlier this month. 

The DA says Officer Wende Kerl believed the suspect, Danquirs Franklin, had a gun in his hands and felt her life was in imminent danger before she fired shots. 

In a 162-page investigation, the district attorney outlines the events that took place the morning of March 25 at Burger King on 2601 Beatties Ford Road.

More detailed pictures were released showing Franklin inside the restaurant before the shooting occurred. The photos show him jumping on counters, assaulting employees, and pointing a gun.

Officer Kerl's body cam video was released by a judge in April 2019 showing the officers encounter with Franklin. During the investigation, several employees along with the general manager and customers were interviewed. Franklin's family members were also interviewed. 

CMPD Chief Putney addressed the district attorneys release sending continuous thoughts and prayers to those involved.

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