Officers Killed in Charlotte Shooting Receive Condolences and Support from President Biden

Charlotte, North Carolina – President Joe Biden is expected to make a visit to North Carolina on Thursday to meet with the families of four officers tragically killed earlier in the week. This incident marks the deadliest attack on U.S. law enforcement since 2016. The president plans to stop in Charlotte to engage with local officials and the families of the officers shot while carrying out a warrant in Wilmington.

The officers were part of a task force from various agencies attempting to apprehend 39-year-old Terry Clark Hughes Jr. on charges of possessing a firearm as an ex-felon and fleeing to elude in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Tragically, Hughes was also killed in the shootout, which left four officers dead and four others wounded. Firearms and ammunition were recovered at the scene.

In response to the attack, President Biden expressed his support for the community and emphasized the importance of protecting law enforcement officers. He called for increased funding for law enforcement and urged Congress to pass gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons. The president recognized the bravery of the officers who sacrificed their lives to protect the public.

Local police chief David W. Onley confirmed that one officer from his force who was injured in the incident underwent surgery and is expected to recover fully. Among the injured officers was Cpl. Casey Hoover of the Statesville Police Department, who sustained a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Hoover, who has been with the force for eight years, is now in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Authorities are still investigating the incident to determine the sequence of events and whether Hughes acted alone or had an accomplice. Hughes had a criminal record dating back over a decade in North Carolina, including convictions for various offenses. The tragic event marks the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since a sniper attack in Dallas in 2016 that claimed the lives of five officers.

President Biden’s visit to North Carolina underscores the significance of honoring and supporting law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to serve and protect their communities. The families of the fallen officers, along with the entire law enforcement community, mourn the loss of their colleagues and continue to strive for justice and safety in the face of adversity.