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Tragic Shootout in Charlotte: Four Officers Killed in Line of Duty, One Suspect Dead

Tragic Shootout in Charlotte: Four Officers Killed in Line of Duty, One Suspect Dead

In a tragic turn of events, four officers lost their lives in the line of duty in Charlotte, North Carolina. The officers were serving a warrant at a residence when they were met with gunfire, leading to a deadly exchange.

The incident, which unfolded on Galway Drive, involved members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force. They were serving a warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal.

The officers were met with gunfire from a high-powered rifle, leading to a fatal shootout that claimed the life of the suspect in the front yard of the house.

Among the fallen officers were a deputy US marshal and two local task force officers. Two of the officers killed, Sam Poloche and Alden Elliott, were 14-year veterans of the state’s Department of Adult Correction and were assigned to the task force.

Poloche is survived by his wife and two children, while Elliott leaves behind a wife and a child.

Sam Poloche and Alden Elliot, officers with the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction, were among the four law enforcement officers killed in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
NC Secretary of Adult Correction

The incident also saw four Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers shot, one of whom, Officer Joshua Eyer, succumbed to his injuries. Eyer, a six-year veteran of the CMPD, is survived by his wife and a 3-year-old son.

“Officer Joshua Eyer was one of the CMPD officers shot in the line of duty this afternoon,” Jennings said on X. “He fought for several hours and passed away from his injuries with his wife and family by his side tonight.

Officer Eyer was 6-year veteran with the CMPD, and I am truly grateful for his bravery, service and ultimate sacrifice. He will never be forgotten, and we are forever indebted.”

Authorities are currently questioning two “people of interest” who emerged from the residence after it was cleared. However, it is yet to be confirmed whether they are suspects in the case.

The incident has been described as one of the worst in the area’s history, with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings stating that he cannot recall an incident where three law enforcement officers were killed in the same incident.

The investigation is still in its early stages, with many questions yet to be answered. As the city mourns the loss of its brave officers, the community has been asked to keep the fallen officers, the injured, and their families in their thoughts and prayers.

This is a developing story. More updates to follow.


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