Chief Stephens solemnly delivered the terrible news this morning during a 5:30 am press conference at Police Headquarters. He told us two officers responded to a disturbance call at the Timber Ridge Apartments off Barrington Drive around 10:30 pm.
The two officers were both shot in the head by a suspect around 11:15 pm. Both officers were shot from behind and never fired their weapons. This was not a murder, but an execution of these brave men. The two officers were rushed to CMC and passed away a short time later.
Chief Stephens said the two fallen officers are named Sean Clark, 34 (Top Photo) and Jeff Shelton, 35 (Bottom Photo). Officer Clark started with CMPD in January 2006. Officer Shelton started with CMPD in April 2001. Both officers leave behind a wife and Officer Clark leaves behind a three year old son and his wife is expecting their second child.
The Chief did not give many details about the shooting since the investigation is continuing. After the shooting, police set up a two-mile perimeter around the apartment complex and closed several roads to search the area.
CMPD Officers, the K-9 unit and SWAT team searched the ground and the police helicopter searched for the suspects by air. As of now, police have not made any arrests in the shooting.
The last time a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty was in 1993, when Officer Anthony Nobles and Officer John Burnette were shot and killed after a foot chase with a suspect.
If you have any information about the shooting, please call CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600. -View CMPD Press Release-
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