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    Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty late Saturday when they responded to a call at an east Charlotte apartment complex.

    The two shooters remain at large this morning, with police searching the area extensively with helicopters and patrols. Police did not have a detailed description about the two men but asked anyone with information to call 911.

    Officer Sean Clark and Officer Jeffrey Shelton both died at Carolinas Medical Center early today. They were the first Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers fatally shot in the line of duty in more than a decade.

    The two North Tryon division officers were called out to handle a reported disturbance at 10:26 p.m. at the Timer Ridge Apartments near Milton Road, police said.

    They were shot around 11:15 p.m., police said, while struggling with a person in the apartment complex parking lot. Neither fired their weapon, police said.

    Medic ambulances were called at 11:21 p.m. and they rushed the officers to the Carolinas Medical Center's main facility.

    Clark, 34, who had worked for the department for just over a year, died shortly after midnight. He was a 1991 graduate of West Mecklenburg High School. He had transferred from the South division in January as part of the department's redistricting in January.

    Officer Shelton, 35, who had been with the force for more six years, was pronounced dead just after 4 a.m.

    Both officers were married and Clark was expected a child.

    "It's heartbreaking," Officer Bob Fey, a CMPD public information officer told WCNC. "Just hearing a call like that going out over the air ... just hearing the dispatcher say those words over the air, `We have two officers shot in the North Tryon Division,' it just makes your heart skip a beat."

    The fatal shooting came almost exactly a year after Officer Kayvan Hazrati was shot in the head while trying to serve a rape warrant against a man in northern Charlotte. He survived the shooting but has not yet returned to work. Another officer was also shot at during a standoff with the same suspect but his helmet deflected the bullet.

    The last time an officer from the department was fatally shot in the line of duty was in 1993, when the city was a smaller place but had a record year of violence with 129 homicides.

    Officers John Burnette, 25, and Andy Nobles, 26, were shot to death after responding to a call about a stolen van. Alden Harden was convicted of shooting Burnette and Nobles as the officers chased him through woods near Boulevard Homes in southwest Charlotte. He was sentenced to death.

    Streets near the crime scene were renamed for the two popular community officers, and there also is a memorial bearing their names in Sharon Memorial Park in east Charlotte.

    Police asked Sunday that people keep Clark and Shelton and their families in their prayers.

    After Saturday's shooting, Milton Road was blocked off for several hours overnight while police conducted their search for the suspects, but it has since been reopened. A SWAT team, K-9 units and a police helicopter have been called in to assist police in their efforts.

  • #2
    Blue skies, Sean and Jeff.

    Sean was a friend and academy classmate. His wife is 7 months pregnant. Please keep both families in your prayers.


    • #3
      My prayers go out to the officers' families and the entire CMPD. Good luck in finding that scumbag and bringing him to justice. Please be safe.


      • #4
        My department thoughts, prayers and our tears goes out to you CMPD.
        "The angle of the dangle is proportional to the heat of the meat." - Beavis


        • #5
          God, please give strength to the loved ones of these brothers who have given their very lives in the performance of their duties.

          Rest in peace brothers, you will surely be missed
          "Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought" ~Henri Louis Bergson


          • #6
            Here's a bit of an update.

            The Link

            Since late Saturday night, police have been trying to piece together the tragic chain of events that led to the line of duty deaths of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Jeffrey Shelton and Sean Clark. Throughout the day, detectives have been interviewing scores of witnesses, teams of officers have been out collecting evidence while those close to the slain officers provide essential support to the officers' family members and each other.

            CMPD Homicide Detectives have interviewed and subsequently signed Murder warrants against Demetrius Antonio Montgomery (12-20-1981). He has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder. Montgomery has a lengthy arrest history in Mecklenburg County, dating back to January of 1998.


            • #7
              may our brothers in blue rest in peace and may the families find the strength to go on and remember the lives lived by our fallen brothers.

              the more i hear of officers falling in the line of duty to trash that we continously arrest the more, call me sinical, i wish in honor to those who fell that we could perform a 21 gun salute on the s.o.b who comitted the crime to carry out their execution. found guity, die by lead poisoning. no twenty years before you die. no wonder its found that it cost some much to execute some one, because they are afforded 20 years of lawyers on our dime, along with three hots and a cot. furthermore, how can i forget, the t.v and recreational activities. no doubt that 21 rounds, will not be cruel and unusual punishment. 21 carefully placed rounds and life will stop before the shi%$ead can even stop breathing.

              let me know when i can sign up for the squad.
              perception is the mother of all [email protected]#$ ups
              O Landfill two, you are twice the man Landfill one was. Y, thank you ma'am


              • #8
                All give some, some give all! It's not sufficient, but it's the best words that come to mind in this time of tragedy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers! Stay safe, and God bless....Selma PD, Selma N.C.


                • #9
                  The early indications look like this was a cold-blooded assassination. The guys didn't even have a chance and this coward shot them from behind like the P.O.S. that he was/is/will ever be.

                  Just another example of one of society's scum-bags ruining the lives of hard-working and dedicated officers, their families, and their friends. This is a tragedy in every sense of the word.

                  While the above opinions do not reflect that of the Concord Police Department, just my own...I would like to express my deepest respects, sympathies, and condolences to our brothers at CMPD on behalf of my entire department.

                  Okay, just how big were those two beers sir?


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by exComptonCop
                    God, please give strength to the loved ones of these brothers who have given their very lives in the performance of their duties.

                    Rest in peace brothers, you will surely be missed
                    Just Like" Big Kev" and "Mac", just like the two NYPD aux. coppers, just like the Monck Corners Cops,and even recently the wounded Long Beach ,CA PD coppers-these street thugs and animals are preparing themselves to ambush and attack us.Yet if "WE" come down hard or rough on local knuckle heads ,we're the bad guys.Its sick and its just not fair./now 2 more officers MURDERED for "doing " their job????? I hope they catch these Beasts real soon- they took away some decent men from the community,their families and their futures..........
                    "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...


                    • #11
                      Rest in peace brothers.
                      Stupidity is a self correcting problem.


                      • #12
                        With being a Officer only 40 miles away from Charlotte this hits home. My heart goes out to both officers. May justice be served to the coward (s) that pulled trigger.

                        God speed and Rest in peace brothers.


                        • #13
                          My prayers go out to their families and co-workers. Rest in peace brothers.


                          • #14
                            My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer's families and their department. How very sad! RIP.
                            Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

                            ~~ Life's a garden, dig it ~~


                            • #15
                              rest in peace brothers... know that my thoughts and prayers are with their families and for all of the CMPD. I also pray that the suspect is brought to justice, both here in our time and eternally.


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