CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - One police officer is dead and another is injured after an officer-involved shooting in Concord late Wednesday night. Officials say the suspect in the shooting is dead.
The Concord Police Department identified the officer killed as 25-year-old Jason Shuping. He had 1.5 years of service. The injured officer was identified as 23-year-old Kaleb Robinson.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation identified the suspect in the shooting as 29-year-old Jeremy Maurice Daniels, of Charlotte. Police say Daniels was a convicted felon.
“Today we are mourning the loss of a beloved family member who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty late Wednesday night. Officer Jason Shuping served the citizens of Concord and the Concord Police Department since 2019. He will truly be missed by all,” the department wrote. “We also extend our prayers of healing to Officer Kaleb Robinson, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the same incident.”
A law enforcement escort took Shuping from the Charlotte Medical Examiner’s Office to Powles-Staton Funeral Home in Rockwell, N.C. Thursday afternoon.
People lined the streets with American flags to honor Officer Shuping and show their support for the law enforcement family.
“No matter what department you work for, we’re all family,” said Christopher Schenk, a retired Salisbury police detective.
And it was family that brought Officer Shuping back home to Concord. Police cruisers lined up in formation as far back as the eye could see. Waiting for the caravan, dozens of people pulled off to the side of the road to pay their respects.
Every overpass manned by first responders, many clutching American flags. One of those out here to see the procession was Christopher Schenk. He used to teach at the academy where the two officers cut their teeth.
“They are just fantastic examples of the sort of officers that our community has,” said Schenk.
The shooting happened on Gateway Lane near Bruton Smith Boulevard just before 11 p.m. This is an area with several businesses nearby.
Officers initially received a call about a crash around 10:18 p.m. Wednesday. An ALE agent arrived and found an unoccupied vehicle that had crashed into a guardrail. Police say a Concord Police Department officer also responded, and was told by a woman that a man tried to take her vehicle near the Sonic on Gateway Lane.
The officer stayed at the scene with the crashed vehicle, while an ALE agent and two Concord officers went to the Gateway Lane area and approached a man matching the description provided by the woman. Police say that’s when the subject pulled out a gun and began shooting in the direction of officers.
“We believe this is the point in time in which the officers sustained their injuries,” Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek said.
Two additional CPD officers approached and saw two officers hurt. Police say Daniels got into an SUV and gunfire was exchanged. Police say Daniels was struck and killed.
The two other officers involved, who were not hurt, were identified only has being a 37-year-old and a 43-year-old.
“With a heavy heart, we confirm that two Concord Police Officers were involved in an incident resulting in the tragic loss of a CPD officer. The second officer was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” the city of Concord tweeted.
Officer Shuping was more than an officer. He was a husband, a son, a huge part of his family, and loved by many. He is being described as a gentle soul, who made an impact.
Shuping graduated from East Rowan High School where he played football and ran track. He was in youth groups and went on mission trips. Shuping was an honors student at UNC Pembroke and he was also a track and field athlete.
Condolences poured in from the community, as his closest friends, family, fellow officers and strangers are honoring his memory.
According to City Of Concord Communications, officers exchanged shots with Daniels, who they say was armed.
Officials say two police officers were shot during the incident. One of the officers was killed and the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
“This loss is devastating not only to the member’s family and loved ones but every police officer across the city, state, and country,” the Concord Police Department tweeted. “Please join us by praying for all involved.”
Police say the SBI is handling the criminal investigation.
“There’s no playbook for this,” Gacek said. “We’re going to get through this. We’re a big family. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to affect us in different ways.”
N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said he had spoken with Officer Shuping’s parents and Concord Police Chief Gacek to offer his support, condolences and prayers.
Cooper said Shuping’s death, along with the death of Officer Tyler Herndon just last week, “reminds us that law enforcement officers have extremely difficult, sometimes dangerous jobs, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their courage and service.”
An ALE agent and four Concord Police Department officers were involved in the initial incident, with many more officers responding to the scene after receiving a call that shots had been fired.
Memorials can be placed at CPD Headquarters at the corner of Cabarrus and Spring Street. The City of Concord is also planning candlelight vigil for Friday night.
Anyone who wants to make a donation in either Officer Shuping or Officer Robinson’s name can do so as well.
The public came out Thursday night not only to acknowledge the loss to the family, but the pain the entire community is feeling right now.
The memorial at the police station where Shuping worked went from just a few flowers to hundreds. A community hurting right now. This is the third officer this week who has tragically died.
“And had no clue that one of them wouldn’t be going home it’s just heartbreaking,” said Melisa Hooker who was at the memorial.
“There’s no good answer why this person do this,” said Madison Fuller. “I can’t wrap my head around how somebody could be so cruel to someone, like how could somebody take away someone’s son, their baby?”
There is a candlelight vigil scheduled here for Friday night. Flags across the state have also been lowered in honor of the fallen.
This incident remains under investigation.