4 Officers Killed in North Carolina Shootout

(RepublicanReport.org) – Police officers across America put their lives on the line every day to keep US citizens safe. Even routine traffic stops have the possibility of ending in disaster. Serving an active warrant can be one of the more volatile tasks because officers never know what they’ll encounter or how the person will react. In fact, a recent such incident in North Carolina ended in multiple deaths.

On April 29, officers with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force were conducting a coordinated investigation. They were presumably serving an active felony warrant on a man when the suspect opened fire, striking multiple officers. When they called for backup, more police arrived on the scene, and the firefight continued. In all, eight officers were hit with bullets, and four of them subsequently died at the hospital.

The perpetrator, Terry Clark Hughes Jr., was shot by the officers and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wanted for possession of a firearm by a felon, and two counts of felony flee to elude. After the incident, police found two women inside the home. They were taken to the police station for questioning.

Secretary Todd Ishee from the NC Department of Adult Correction released a statement following the tragedy. He sent out condolences to the families of two veterans with the organization who were killed that day — Alden Elliot and Sam Poloche. They were with the department for 14 years and loved their work. He said they died as heroes.

The other fallen officers were Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Joshua Eyer, who was with the force for six years, and an unnamed deputy with the US Marshals Service. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings said the investigation was still open, and police were working to find out exactly what happened and why.

President Joe Biden also sent his condolences, stating the officers were “heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice,” giving of themselves to keep others safe.

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