Police Officer Shot Near Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Jonathan Bennett

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A homicide suspect being sought by police ambushed officers outside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police headquarters late Thursday, shooting one officer in the leg before being killed by return fire.

Bennett had been wanted since Thursday afternoon for the shooting death of 24-year-old Brittany White.

Officials initially said the man had fled with the baby, Journei Bennett, but she was found safe and unharmed, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said. ABC affiliate WSOC-TV cited an unnamed source saying the search was called off after someone dropped Journei off at a north Charlotte home.

As the ambulance left, police began their investigation and sealed off the parking lot, but their guard was still up to make sure no other officers were in danger. He has brown shoulder-length dreadlocks and a tattoo of crown "King" on his neck in the middle of his Adam's apple.

Police say they returned fire, striking Bennett. Six to eight officers were outside, some of which were parole and probations officers. Bennett ambushed the officers with gunfire and injured at least one. The officer who was wounded in the ambush was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She died at the scene, police said.

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Investigators said they are searching for 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett.

Records from the Mecklenburg County Jail show that Bennett has been arrested before and faced charges including communicating threats and assault on a female. He also was arrested for similar charges on October 30, 2016.

Thursday night, neighbors begged Bennett to turn himself in.

One of them Vincent Tillery said: "I'm at a loss for words. You could've talked it out or came and talked to me", said Vincent Tillery.

"We are trying to see if we have footage on camera".

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