U.S. Marshals shot and killed 32-year-old Frankie Jennings Tuesday near Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed later that afternoon.
The Marshals’ Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force (CRFTF) was attempting to arrest Jennings for outstanding warrants when the shooting occurred, said CMPD, who is now the lead law enforcement agency investigating the shooting and the homicide.
Shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, officials with the task force attempted to arrest Jennings when “one of the [task force] deputies perceived a lethal threat and fired a service weapon, striking the man,” CMPD said in a released statement. WCNC Charlotte is asking law enforcement officials for more details about what was perceived to be the lethal threat.
A witness at the shooting, who did not want to be identified, said she heard a couple of gunshots.
“My son said he heard, ‘Get down!’ and a couple of shots,” the woman described to WCNC Charlotte. “It’s crazy.”
Around 11:15 a.m., Medic paramedics were called to the scene, located at the Citgo gas station in the 2200 block of The Plaza, which is near the intersection with Parkwood Ave.
The family of Jennings shared photos of Frank with WCNC Charlotte. The shooting occurred on his 32nd birthday, his family confirmed.