New Details in CMPD Officer Shooting
CHARLOTTE, NC — Eight CMPD officers are on administrative leave after shooting and killing a man while trying to serve an arrest warrant Sunday night.
CMPD detectives gathered bullets and evidence for hours after officers fired at Germonta Wallace and killed him.
“It was a lot of gunfire,” said Tyrone Jackson. “It was rapid gunfire.”
Neighbors hid in their homes at the Watson Drive duplexes in West Charlotte. Officers were there to arrest Wallace and Marquez Springs-Owens, accusing them and a third man, James Evans, of murdering Norris Martin.
Ranlo police found Martin’s body in a burning vehicle December 30. Police reports say officers arrested Evans as he ran from the flames.
When CMPD showed up for Owens and Wallace, they say Wallace shot an officer in the ankle. She and seven other detectives fired back, killing the 30-year-old.
“I was scared because, like I said, I thought it was just someone with extra fireworks getting rid of them,” said Jackson. “Turned out it was actual gunfire.”
SWAT eventually arrested Owens after he hid in a neighbor’s home.
Wallace just served more than four years in prison for WAS voluntary manslaughter. He was only out for three months before the shoot out with police killed him.
The two living suspects now face several charges including murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping.
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