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Fayetteville officer shot in hostage situation; suspect found dead

Posted November 18, 2014

— A Fayetteville police officer was shot in the leg Tuesday afternoon after responding to a burglary in progress at a home at 4713 Rosehill Road.

The suspect was later found dead inside the residence, police said.

Officers encountered the suspect, identified as Charles McBennett, 45, at the front door of the home at about 3 p.m.

"As McBennett recognized the officers, he drew a weapon from his clothing and immediately fired gunshots at the officers," the department said in a statement.

Fayetteville Police Officer Michael Canada, 50, was shot in the leg.

Officers returned fire, including Canada, before McBennett, who was hit by police gunfire, ran into the home, Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said.

"During attempts to make contact with McBennett and establish negotiations after he fled into the home, the FPD’s Emergency Response Team discovered that McBennett was deceased inside of the residence," the department said.

McBennett's body was found near the front door of the home, Medlock said.

Canada, who joined the department in 2011, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was last listed in stable condition.

The department did not say Tuesday night whether McBennett died as a result of police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound.

The homeowner, who was inside the residence during the incident, was not injured.

Warrenwood Elementary School, located down the street from the home, was placed on a code yellow lockdown during the situation. A few students were in the school for tutoring, school officials said.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is investigating the officer's actions. The involved officers, which the department did not name Tuesday night, will be placed on administrative duty, standard in officer-involved shootings.


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  • moomoo Nov 19, 2014

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    :"glad no one was hurt"?? I would say the officer was hurt due to gunshot wound.

  • Steve Faulkner Nov 19, 2014
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    What action would you want the police to take WHILE they are being SHOT at??

  • Michele Wilkins Nov 19, 2014
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    good job FPD

  • Ven Nov 19, 2014

    so this guy had a mental illness (subject of previous silver alerts) and everyone is happy? I mean, glad no one was hurt but sad to see zero compassion in this world for those who need help - i get if there was no other way, but to be happy about it??

  • iopsyc Nov 19, 2014

    Hoping Officer Canada makes a full, speedy recovery.

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  • Joanne Spann Nov 19, 2014
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    Thank you Fayetteville Police for keeping us safe. I live right down the street from where this happened and my grandchild goes to Warrenwood. Keep up the fantastic work at making me feel safe.

  • Tom Smith Nov 19, 2014
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    way to stay in the fight Ofc Canada! get well soon sir!

  • babylaceycarpenter Nov 19, 2014

    Excellent job officers. Keep up the good work.

  • bubbaOK Nov 19, 2014

    Officers like this defend the American dream, the American way of life, and sadly life as we knew it. Thanks a lot.