A 25-year-old Concord Police officer and a suspect were killed in a shooting in between Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Mills Mall in Concord, N.C. on Wednesday night.
Police say officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect in the parking lot of a Sonic Drive In at 7761 Gateway Lane around 11 p.m. A 23-year-old officer was also shot and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek gave a press briefing on Thursday morning and said officers responded to a call of an auto accident on Bruton Smith Boulevard around 10:45 p.m.
When police arrived they found an abandoned vehicle and were approached by a person who said a man tried to carjack their vehicle and fled on foot toward the Cook Out restaurant next to the Sonic.
According to Gacek, Two Concord officers and an Alcohol Law Enforcement agent approached a male that matched the suspect description and that’s when officers were shot by the suspect. He then got into an SUV as more officers arrived and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
The 29-year-old suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say he was a convicted felon, but are not releasing any further details at this time.
The two other officers who were involved were not identified by name, but said to be a 37-year-old and a 43-year-old.
Officers say more information will be provided later today. People are advised to avoid the area.