CMPD is keeping the facts under wraps but the suspect is dead and a female officer wounded. The other 7 VCAT Officers are reported as uninjured.
The team has a near perfect record apprehending 100s of violent felons without ever firing a shot. The tactical unit relies on surprise and swift action to take into custody suspects who are assumed to be armed and dangerous.
The highly trained officers are so good that federal agents request their help throughout both Carolinas.
Rumors are wild and wide ranging. From a tip off to accident discharge of a weapon. Allowing the suspects a chance to fire on the officers before they entered the house.
According to a CMPD statement "they (CMPD VCAT Officers) were confronted by several suspects who began firing at the officers." Later CMPD revised that statement to: just two men exited the home, one (the deceased) started firing and the other ran to a nearby house.
Orange flags mark spent brass in the side yard of the home in West Charlotte where Monetary Wallace fired on CMPD Officers.
Cedar Update No. 2:
Every once and a while these CMPD posts are just a little close to home. So I'll normally sit on a story until the smoke clears. In this case the story just keeps rolling along.
First the VCAT guys do a tough job. This isn't the first time someone has been shot serving a warrant. Yes they are a very well trained precision rapid action unit. But sometimes things go to shit pretty damn quick.
Some how the element of surprise was blown, sounds like just random bad luck. They will or already have reviewed what went wrong and who's at fault.
But know this there are bad people out there, some who just want to kill cops.
Thankfully everyone went home that night.
About body cams. WSOC is all over this part of the story. I'm not sure what the right answer is. I tempted to say body cams are good for patrol and cumbersome for tactical units.
Maybe that's not the right answer. Any suggestions?