Four die when man opens fire on US police


Four American law enforcement officers were killed and four wounded on Monday when they executed a warrant at a house in Charlotte in the American state of North Carolina and a shooting broke out there.

A man wanted by the police was later found dead on the property after he shot at police officers and the police officers shot back.

The US Department of Justice said shortly after the incident that a deputy sheriff and two task force officers were killed during the incident.

Five other officers were wounded at that stage. However, one of those wounded succumbed to his injuries by Monday evening, according to the local police.

According to Johnny Jennings, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, law enforcement officers came under fire on Monday around 1:30 p.m. local time while they were executing a warrant for a convicted felon.

At that stage, the man was wanted by the police for possession of an illegal firearm.

Police officers at the scene returned fire and shot and killed the man. However, more shots were then fired at the officers from the house.

A teenager (17) and a woman were later found in the house and taken to the local police station as “persons of interest”.

Meanwhile, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department was “reported on the deaths of our own law enforcement colleagues”.

Pres. Joe Biden also expressed his condolences and support to the community of Charlotte.