***UPDATE*** BWC footage release of the OIS incident of Mr. Jonathan Bennett

4/10/2018

​Case Update:  Tuesday, April 10, 2018,

A Superior Court Judge has granted a media request authorizing the Charlotte–Mecklenburg Police Department to release body-worn camera video footage of the January 11, 2018,  officer involved shooting incident involving Mr. Jonathan Bennett.

Due to the graphic nature of the videos, discretion is strongly advised.

Here are the body-worn camera videos of the incident from January 11, 2018. 

Ofc. Burch BWC footage​  |  Ofc. Decker BWC footage  | Ofc. Zederbaum BWC footage



INCIDENT SUMMARY:

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, at approximately 10:50 p.m., officers with the North Tryon Division and members of N.C. Probation and Parole were briefing in the CMPD parking lot when they were fired upon multiple times. Several officers returned fire

CMPD Officer Casey Shue suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg in the shooting and was transported to the hospital.

The suspect, Jonathan Bennett,  was also shot during the incident and was transported by MEDIC to CMC Main, where he was pronounced deceased. Jonathan Bennett was the suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Brittany White who was killed earlier in the day. 

The CMPD officers involved in the shooting were identified as Jeffrey Zederbaum and Jared Decker.  Officer Zederbaum was hired on January 12, 2009, and is assigned to the North Tryon Division Crime Reduction Unit.  Officer Decker was hired on July 21, 2014, and is also assigned to the North Tryon Division Crime Reduction Unit.  

As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau conducted a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.  

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case and found the officers acted lawfully.


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Case Update:  Thursday, February 01, 2018,

Today, Superior Court Judge Nathaniel Poovey denied a petition from a local television affiliate requesting the body-worn camera video footage of the officer involved shooting which occurred on January 11, 2018.  (Please see related press releases below).

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not object to the release of the footage but requested to redact graphic audio portions of the recordings. 

We will issue updates as matters develop.

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Case Update:  Friday, January 19, 2018

Please click on the link shown below to listen to the radio traffic from the officer involved shooting that occurred at 601 E. Trade Street on Thursday, January 11, 2018.  The shooting involved officers with the North Tryon Division and members with the N.C. Probation and Parole where suspect, Jonathan Bennett, began shooting at officers and struck Officer Casey Shue.

http://www.charlottenc.gov/newsroom/releases/Pages/OIS-at-LEC.aspx

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further 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.  Detective Fitch is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Case Update:  Friday, January 12, 2018

The member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg during last night's shooting has been identified as Officer Casey Shue.  Officer Shue was hired on July 21, 2014, and is assigned to the North Tryon Division Crime Reduction Unit.  Two CMPD officers and two probation officers fired their weapons during this incident.  The CMPD officers have been identified as Jeffrey Zederbaum and Jared Decker.  Officer Zederbaum was hired on January 12, 2009, and is assigned to the North Tryon Division Crime Reduction Unit.  Officer Decker was hired on July 21, 2014, and is also assigned to the North Tryon Division Crime Reduction Unit. 

As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.  Per department protocol, the officers involved in this case are on Administrative Leave.

Officer Shue was recognized as officer of the month this past August for her outstanding work in keeping Hidden Valley neighborhood members safer.  That work included removing six guns from the streets of the community while making twenty-one arrests.  She also led officer initiated activities in the North Tryon Division this past summer. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Any further information will be released through CMPD Public Affairs. Questions about the the probation officers should be directed to Pamela Walker with the NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Community Corrections.  That telephone number is 919-733-5027.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Fitch is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Case Update:  Friday, January 12, 2018

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are conducting an officer involved shooting investigation that occurred outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Law Enforcement Center at 601 E. Trade Street. Both an officer and a suspect were shot.

On Thursday, January 11, 2018 at approximately 10:49 p.m. officers from the North Tryon Division and N.C. Probation and Parole were briefing in the parking lot between the LEC and the CMPD parking deck, when they were fired upon multiple times. Several officers returned fire.

One CMPD officer was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. The officer's identity will be released pending family notification.

The suspect also was shot and was transported by MEDIC to CMC Main, where he was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Jonathan Bennett, the suspect wanted in connection with the death of Brittany White who was killed earlier in the day.

Detectives are currently interviewing officers and others who witnessed the incident.

As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.  Per department protocol, the officers involved in this case will be placed on Administrative Leave.

Crime Scene Search responded to process the scene and collect physical evidence.

Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Homicide Prosecution Team, Internal Affairs Bureau, Operations Command, Special Investigations, and NC Probation and Parole responded to the scene.

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. Det. Koll is the lead detective in this case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.    

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