**Shooting Tragedy:** 3 U.S. Marshals Killed in Charlotte Shootout – GoFundMe Page Set Up

Charlotte, North Carolina – A tragic incident unfolded in east Charlotte, resulting in the deaths of three members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and injuries to five law enforcement officers, including four from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The incident occurred during a warrant-serving operation, which also left an agent with the U.S. Marshals Task Force wounded.

The shootout prompted Back the Blue to set up a GoFundMe Page in support of those affected by the tragic event. Police confirmed the presence of at least one deceased suspect at the scene.

CMPD shared details of the shooting, highlighting that it occurred as the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to execute a warrant in a neighborhood along Galway Drive. Following the incident, multiple individuals were transported to local hospitals, with an ongoing active investigation unfolding.

Authorities later confirmed the clearance of the home where the shooting took place, issuing reassurances that the area was safe. However, the police have yet to disclose information about the victims or suspects involved.

The White House responded to the incident, with the President offering condolences and support to the community. Meanwhile, Governor Roy Cooper arrived in Charlotte, planning to meet with officials and families of the victims. In a somber statement, Governor Cooper revealed that two of the officers killed were with North Carolina’s Department of Adult Correction, working with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings expressed profound sorrow over the loss of the officers, emphasizing the risks law enforcement officers face daily to ensure community safety. The intense situation unfolded when officers attempted to serve a warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resulting in a fatal exchange of gunfire.

As the investigation continues, information emerged about the involvement of a high-powered rifle in the shooting. Eight officers sustained injuries in the shootout, with three officers succumbing to their wounds, including one U.S. Marshal. Of the five injured officers, one remains in critical condition, fighting for their life.

The CMPD SWAT team played a vital role in managing the situation, with visuals of key figures convening at the scene. Various agencies, including Homeland Security, FBI, ATF, and District Attorney Spencer Merriweather, collaborated to address unfolding events.

The incident marks a devastating day for the Charlotte community, underscoring the hazards faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty. As investigations continue, CMPD and partnering agencies work to provide updates on the evolving situation.