CMPD Releases Body-Cam Footage In Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting At Northwest Charlotte Burger King
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A deadly officer-involved shooting at a Northwest Charlotte fast food restaurant, prompting protests on Monday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released the dramatic 911 calls of the shooting.
Caller: He got a gun, he got a gun, he got a gun.
Dispatcher: What is he doing with the gun? Is he pointing it at someone?
Caller: He’s got a gun, he’s pointing it at employees. Can you please?
Minutes after this 911 call, CMPD says an officer shot 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin in the parking lot of the Burger King on Beatties Ford Road. An employee called 911 at nine o’clock Monday morning.
CMPD says a second 911 call came in a few minutes later. Officers arrived at almost 9:05. CMPD says they found Franklin in the parking lot with a gun, and that officers repeatedly told him to put it down.
“The first arriving officers perceived a lethal threat, fired at least one round, striking the subject,” says CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.
The officer who fired the shot is 23-year-veteran CMPD Officer Wende Kerl. Franklin died at the hospital.
Tensions began rising after witnesses told protesters that CMPD shot the wrong person.
Another witness told WCCB on the scene that the man killed didn’t have a gun. CMPD says officers did recover a gun at the scene, and tweeted there was a lot of misinformation going around.
Activist, turned Charlotte city council member, Braxton Winston went to the scene this morning. He was involved in protests after an officer killed Keith Scott in 2016. Winston tells WCCB he wants answers.
“The same questions as most of the community has of what actually happened this morning,” says Winston.
Officer Kerl has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. CMPD internal affairs will also conduct an investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed.
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in the parking lot of a Burger King in northwest Charlotte.
CMPD has released the following 911 calls from Monday’s deadly officer-involved shooting.
The man killed has been identified as Danquirs Franklin, 27. Police say he was pronounced dead from injuries after being transported to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center.
The officer involved in the shooting has also been identified by CMPD.
Officer Wende Kerl, a 23 year veteran with the department, has been placed on paid Administrative Leave while an investigation into the deadly shooting is conducted. This is normal procedure for any officer-involved shooting.
Officers were reportedly called after there were reports of an armed man in a business Monday morning. Officers engaged Franklin in the parking lot and repeatedly ordered him to drop his gun, according to a news release.
Police say during the encounter, Officer Kerl perceived a lethal threat and fired her service weapon, striking Franklin.
WCCB interviewed a witness at the scene who says CMPD “shot the innocent man.” Precious Robinson spoke to reporters outside Burger King after the shooting. She claims the person who was shot and killed by officers was trying to help a woman who was being assaulted by another man inside the restaurant. She also says the man who was shot by police was not armed. She told reporters the man who was armed left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival.
Police Chief Kerr Putney also spoke to reporters outside Burger King. He says the person who was shot was armed with a handgun and asked to drop the weapon numerous times before the officer perceived a lethal threat and shot the man.
Police say the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the incident, which is standard procedure with any officer-involved shooting. The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. As additional information develops, it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.