Pictured above: A still frame captured from the body-worn camera of CMPD Officer Wende Kerl moments before a fatal shooting – Source: CMPD
CHARLOTTE (WSIC) – CMPD has released video of a fatal officer-involved shooting at a west Charlotte Burger King last month.
WARNING: Due to the graphic nature of this video, careful viewer discretion is advised.
According to police, Officer Wende Kerl fatally shot 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin when he refused commands to drop a gun. Protestors have questioned that account of the incident.
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney told the media Monday that at least seven protests or demonstration type events had been planned ahead of the video’s release. Both he and Mayor Vi Lyles urged the public to stay calm ahead of the release.
CMPD issued the following incident summary along with the footage:
“On March 25, 2019, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department received two separate 911 calls (attached), both in reference to an armed individual who entered the business at 2601 Beatties Ford Road. The first caller frantically said she needed police quickly because the individual entered the store, walked behind the counter with a gun and was pointing it at an employee. The second caller frantically said she needed police because an individual had approached her vehicle while she was waiting for food in the parking lot of the business and pulled out a gun. Both callers independently called 911 between 9:00 am and 9:02 am.
“An assault with a deadly weapon with no injury call for service was entered at 9:01 am. Metro Division Officer Wende Kerl and Metro Division Officer Larry Deal were dispatched to the call for service at 9:02 am and they both arrived at 9:04 am. A description of the individual was given to both officers over the radio, and in addition, our Real Time Crime Center was monitoring the call and directed the officers over the radio to his exact location. Both Officers exited their vehicle in the parking lot and observed an individual, later identified as Danquirs Franklin, squatting next to an open front passenger door of a vehicle that was parked in a parking space at the business. Both Officers gave several commands to Mr. Franklin to drop the gun. A short time later, Officer Kerl perceived an imminent, deadly threat and subsequently fired her department issued firearm two times, striking Mr. Franklin. He was transported to Atrium Health where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.
“The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit is currently investigating this matter. At the conclusion of their investigation, all of the evidence will be turned over to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office for their review.
“This is an active and ongoing investigation. As additional information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.
“Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Tisdale is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
“The report number in reference to the officer involved shooting is 2019-0325-0901-02.”