1 dead, police officer wounded in North Carolina shootout

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Posted: Jan 04, 2016 5:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Detectives trying to serve a murder warrant at a North Carolina home were shot at by a suspect who was killed after several of the officers returned fire, authorities said.

Eight officers have been placed on administrative leave as investigators sort out which ones fired shots and whether the shooting was legal and followed department police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a news release Monday.

The officers, who included six members of the department's violent criminal apprehension team, were seeking at least two suspects in the killing of a man who was found in a burning car in neighboring Gaston County on Wednesday, police said.

As the men walked out of the home, Germonta Wallace opened fire on the officers trying to arrest him, authorities said. Several officers fired back, killing the 30-year-old suspect.

A second man, Marquez Springs-Owens, did not appear to shoot at officers and surrendered peacefully to a SWAT team and negotiators after briefly entering a nearby home, police said.

Springs-Owens, 29, faces murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges in the killing of Norris Martin. He is in jail, and it wasn't known if he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

Jessica Zinobile, an 11-year veteran of the force, was shot in the ankle and is expected to recover. No one else was injured.

The other officers involved in the shooting had from eight to 28 years of police experience.