ENC law enforcement officers react to deadly shooting in Charlotte

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) -Law enforcement officers in the east are sharing their reactions to Monday’s deadly shooting in Charlotte.

Several law enforcement agencies assembled along the streets of a Charlotte neighborhood Monday afternoon as four officers were shot dead, leaving officers in Eastern Carolina at a loss for words.

“Whenever anything like this happens, you always start doing some self-reflection because unfortunately a lot of times we get complacent,” said Kinston Police Department Major, Brandon Turner. “Not saying that happened in this situation.”

Officials with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department say the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was called to a home to serve a warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Unfortunately, they say officers arrived to gunshots, which lead to an hours-long standoff that ended with three U.S. Marshals officers, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer, and a suspect dead.

Turner says seeing the devastation unfold in Charlotte, felt like deja vu.

“In June 2011, we were faced with a very similar situation,” Turner said. “We went to go serve a warrant in Kinston and one of the task force officers there assisting was shot and killed in the line of duty.”

Turner says Monday’s tragedy hurts the most as a fellow officer because he understands the dangers that still exist despite being prepared for situations like this.

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg is one of the premier agencies in the country,” Turner said. “There’s no doubt that those officers were heavily trained. Just some days your training can only take you so far.”

Many other law enforcement agencies in the east also reacted to the shooting, including Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes who said: