Eight officers placed on leave after deadly west Charlotte shooting

Eight officers placed on leave after deadly west Charlotte shooting
Norris Martin
Norris Martin
Wallace (Source: Mecklenburg-County Sheriff's Office)
Wallace (Source: Mecklenburg-County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - At least eight officers are on administrative leave after a man wanted for murder was fatally shot by police in west Charlotte Sunday night.

Officers were serving a warrant to 30-year-old Germonta Wallace at a home in the 2600 block of Watson Drive around 9 p.m. Sunday when Wallace began shooting at them, police say.

Wallace was wanted for the killing of Norris Martin, who was found inside a burning car in Gaston County last week. The homicide is also believed to be connected to a prior shooting in north Charlotte.

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Oquesha Crawford was home with her son Zion, Sunday. And says she was not surprised to hear gunshots exchanged in her West Charlotte neighborhood, she was surprised by the number of them.

"It was at least 20 gun shots last night," Crawford said.

Officers returned fire Sunday night, fatally shooting Wallace. He was pronounced dead on scene. Wallace was released from prison in September. He was convicted of manslaughter in 2009.

Officer Jessica Zinobile was shot in the ankle. She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center to be treated for her injuries, described as minor.

SWAT negotiators also responded to the scene, surrounding the home and getting everyone out. The second suspect wanted in the killing of Martin, 29-year-old Marquez Breon Springs-Owens, was in the home and surrendered to officers.

Detectives Joshua Allman, Tim Kiefer, David Michaud, Vaughn Pauls, Donald Penix, Eric Peterson, Jeremy Towe and Zinobile were placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol for an officer-involved shooting, police say.

Last Wednesday, police were investigating a shooting on Woodland Circle in Charlotte when they were notified of a body, later identified as Martin, found inside a burning vehicle at Warlick Academy in Ranlo.

James Evans and Springs-Owens are charged in Martin's death. Police say the deadly officer-involved shooting and shooting on Woodland Circle are connected to the homicide.

The shooting on Woodland Circle in north Charlotte happened around 4:28 p.m. Police arrived to find Jamal Robinson suffering from a gunshot wound.

Robinson was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries, officials say. The other offenses involved in the case include kidnapping and aggravated assault. Robinson told police he was taken to Woodland Circle against his will by four unknown men.

While police were investigating this case, Ranlo Police were called out to the car fire, where they say they caught Evans trying to flee from the burning car.

Detectives have determined that the homicide occurred in Charlotte before Evans was arrested in Gaston County. Evans has been charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, breaking and entering, possession of a firearm by a felon, and kidnapping.

Evans was in court Monday. He was appointed a lawyer and if he makes bond will need to have an electronic monitor. Police continue to investigate the death of Norris Martin and have not said if there are more than three men responsible, Wallace is dead, Evans and Springs-Ownes are in jail.

Springs-Owens is charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Internal affairs is running a parallel investigation regarding the officers involved in the shooting, per protocol.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


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