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More details revealed in autopsy of man who shot four Charlotte police officers

By meerna Jul11,2024
More details revealed in autopsy of man who shot four Charlotte police officers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More details about the death of the Charlotte shooter who carried out the deadliest attack on law enforcement officers since 2016 have been released in state autopsy and toxicology reports.

Terry Clark Hughes Jr., 39, opened fire with an assault rifle on officers trying to serve an arrest warrant on April 29, killing four officers and wounding four more. He was ultimately shot 12 times after a lengthy standoff and died from his injuries, according to a North Carolina medical examiner’s report obtained by local media.

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The report showed Hughes had been shot in both the upper and lower body. THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, was also detected in his system, but other substances, such as alcohol, were not, according to the toxicology report.

The shooting in an east Charlotte residential neighborhood ultimately ended when Hughes jumped from a second-story window into a backyard and was killed, according to police. At least 12 officers fired shots during the standoff, police said.

There was initial confusion over whether Hughes acted alone when he shot at officers from the second floor of the home, as police raised the idea that there might have been a second shooter. That possibility was dispelled at a May 31 news conference when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief Tonya Arrington said Hughes was the sole shooter in the attack.

There were two women in the house at the time of the shooting, but police said they were not involved in the shooting.

Hughes also had an extensive criminal record stretching back more than a decade. State records show charges including burglary, evading arrest and illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony.

The four officers killed by Hughes were Sam Poloche and William Elliott of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Joshua Eyer, and Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas Weeks.

Following the shooting, the officers were honored at memorials across the state. President Joe Biden also visited North Carolina to meet privately with the officers’ families.

By meerna

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