District Attorney: U.S. Marshal Who Shot Man At East Charlotte Gas Station Will Not Face Charges

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No charges will be filed against the U.S. Marshal who shot and killed Frankie Jennings at a gas station on The Plaza in March, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather III.

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Merriweather released a report saying there wasn’t enough evidence in the case to prove to a jury that the U.S. Marshal did not act in defense of himself or another.

Merriweather also claimed that Senior Inspector Eric Tillman feared for his life when he shot Jennings.

Authorities were attempting to serve 16 outstanding warrants on Jennings, according to the report.

Officials say Jennings was accused of assaulting police officers at Carolina Beach the day before the shooting by dragging the officers from his vehicle.

The outstanding warrants were for the charges related to the Carolina Beach incident, two warrants for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault on a female, charges related to an incident in which Jennings was accused of shooting into a vehicle, and several other minor warrants, according to the report.

Read below for full details on the shooting.

Original Story (Posted March 23, 2021):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is leading an investigation concerning the U.S. Marshals Service after a deadly shooting that happened at an east Charlotte gas station Tuesday.

The shooting happened near the intersection of The Plaza and Parkwood Avenue.

Police say around 11 a.m. officers with the United States Marshals Service – Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force (CRFTF) were attempting to arrest a man with several outstanding warrants.  During the warrant service, one of the deputies perceived a lethal threat and fired a service weapon, striking the man.

The man, identified as 32-year-old Frankie Jennings, was pronounced dead on scene by Medic. Posts on social media say Jennings’ birthday was Tuesday. His sister, Tannya Wallace, told WCCB that several relatives traveled from New York to celebrate with Jennings.

“I’m not saying my brother was an innocent person, but he was a father, he was a son.  I traveled from New York to celebrate for his birthday and now this,” says Wallace.

Family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil just steps away from where Jennings lost his life.

Investigator say the warrant for Jennings is related to an incident that happened March 4th.   Jennings was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a Carolina Beach police officer, felony fleeing, and careless and reckless driving.

Police say a firearm was recovered at the scene of the gas station.   A North Carolina public records search shows Jennings has been convicted of several felonies including charges of being a habitual felon, breaking and entering of motor vehicles, and drug possession.

 

 

CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings made the announcement around 12:20 p.m. on Twitter that the department would be leading the investigation. The department specified that no CMPD officers were involved in an officer-involved shooting.

No officers with the CRFTF were injured during this incident.

Officials also warned the public about traffic increases and are asked to avoid the The Plaza and Parkwood Avenue area while police investigate.

The traffic impact to the area could last for several hours.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.

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 leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.