CLEMMONS, N.C. — A law enforcement officer was shot and a suspect wanted out of Mecklenburg County was killed after several agencies tried to serve a murder warrant Friday morning, according to the Forsyth County sheriff.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fired shots in the incident, according to two law enforcement sources. Channel 9 broke the news on Friday, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed that information on Saturday. Police also confirmed Monday that four officers with the Greensboro Police Department fired shots.
In a news conference, Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr. said his office, CMPD, the State Bureau Of Investigation, and the Greensboro Police Department were working together to serve the warrant for a suspect out of Mecklenburg County. The suspect was later identified as Alexander Dekontee Weah.
They found Weah at a gas station on Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons, Kimbrough said. He said that just before 8:15 a.m. the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire. Weah died from his injuries, Kimbrough said, and one law enforcement officer was shot. The officer was not seriously hurt, he said.
Kimbrough did not share the identity of the officer who was shot, but CMPD said it wasn’t an officer with their department. Kimbrough added the officer shot wasn’t a FCSO deputy, either.
It was not immediately clear which homicide Weah was wanted for, but Channel 9 is working to learn more.
Per standard protocol, the SBI will be independently investigating the incident.
“Thank you for your concern and your prayers for the injured officer,” Kimbrough said.
No further information was released.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Full statement from CMPD:
“The NC State Bureau of Investigations (NCSBI) is leading an officer-involved shooting investigation that occurred in Clemmons, North Carolina. This morning on August 5, 2022, the Greensboro Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) was leading efforts to capture a homicide suspect wanted out of Charlotte. Two CMPD VCAT officers were assisting in this capture. Shortly after 8 a.m., there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and law enforcement officers. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene and one law enforcement officer was struck by a bullet and suffered a non-life-threatening wound. The injured officer is not a CMPD officer. The NCSBI is leading this investigation and any questions at this time should be directed to them.”
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