Second officer in Franklin shooting has string of suspensions, records show

New info on officer at scene of Franklin shooting

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The second officer who was on scene during a fatal shooting in March in the parking lot of a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road has a string of disciplinary action stemming from incidents, according to personnel information released by CMPD on Monday.

Officer Larry Deal was the other officer on scene when Officer Wende Kerl shot and killed Danquirs Franklin.

The shooting happened on March 25, when Kerl and Deal responded to the restaurant in response to calls of a man acting erratically with a gun.

Deal and Kerl were on scene less than a minute before Franklin was shot.

CMPD has released a portion of the video from the incident taken from Kerl’s body camera. But the department has said there is no video available from Deal’s body camera.

The department has refused to explain why video from Deal’s camera is not available. Similarly, CMPD refused to release Deal’s public personnel file last week, despite a legal requirement to do so.

A spokesman for CMPD provided Deal’s public personnel information to WBTV on Monday morning, following a letter from the station’s attorneys sent Friday demanding immediate release of the requested information.

The information shows that Deal was hired onto the department in October 2001 and has faced suspension three times during his tenure with CMPD; one suspension was inactive and the other two were active.

According to the records, the inactive suspension came in October 2006. The first active suspension was in January 2011 and the most recent active suspension was effective April 4, 2019.

A spokesman for CMPD said the April 2019 suspension was from an incident in February and was not related to the March shooting.

State law prohibits public agencies from providing a reason why an employee was disciplined.

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