Updated 8:18 p.m.
CLEMMONS — A Greensboro police officer was injured in a shooting Friday morning with a Charlotte murder suspect, who was killed in the exchange of gunfire in a convenience store parking lot.
But the fiancée of the man killed, who was with him at the time, said that a law enforcement officer shot him in the back as he tried to flee.
The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Alexander Weah of Charlotte.
Greensboro Officer M.J. Ambrosio was injured when the suspect fired his gun, authorities said, and was taken to Atrium Wake Forest Baptist for treatment of what were described as injuries not considered life-threatening. Greensboro police described the operation as the effort of a task force including officers from Greensboro, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the SBI.
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It wasn't clear how many Greensboro officers were involved in the attempted arrest, or in the shooting.
Deputies from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office assisted but none of its officers fired a weapon during the arrest effort, according to the sheriff's office.
The Greensboro police officers involved in the use of force are on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Officials have not said what agencies fired weapons.
Erin Wiggins, a spokeswoman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, declined to release information about the Charlotte homicide, including when it happened, saying that police officials were trying to notify the victim's family. The police department referred all questions about the Clemmons shooting to the SBI. Angie Grube, a spokeswoman for the SBI, said she could not comment on certain aspects of the shooting because she did not know the answers and she referred some questions to other law enforcement agencies.
Dozens of officers from the various law enforcement agencies converged Friday morning on the parking lot of the Speedway convenience store, located on busy Lewisville-Clemmons Road just beside the Interstate 40 interchange. The shooting scene took in the convenience store parking lot, the Sudz Shoppe car wash next door, and part of the parking lot of the Super 8 hotel behind the Speedway.
Talaya Hinson, who identified herself as Weah’s fiancée, said he tried to run away when he was confronted outside the store entry by an officer pointing a gun “in his face” and demanding that he get down. Hinson said the officer pursued Weah as he ran, shot at him four times and struck him twice.
“He was fired on first,” she said. “The only thing he did was run. I heard two shots, he shot him in the back. Alex dropped down and he reached for his gun. And then I heard Alex shoot one shot.”
Hinson said she then saw another officer approach, heard “four more shots, and Alex was down.”
She said officers then stood by and watched as Weah died and made no effort to begin life-saving measures.
“They were just standing around staring at him,” she said. “They turned him around on his back and put his hands behind his back and handcuffed him while he was gushing out blood.”
Weah’s body was still lying on the parking lot four hours after the shooting.
Hinson said that investigators told her that they fired on Weah because they saw that he had a gun. She said Weah had a license to carry and had a “gun on his hip.”
Hinson said she, her 4-year-old daughter and Weah spent Thursday in Greensboro at the Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe water park, then decided to spend another night in the area before going back to Charlotte. They checked in at the Super 8 behind the Speedway Thursday night. The way the shooting unfolded, Hinson believes officers must have known Weah was staying there.
Friday morning, the couple checked out of the hotel and drove around to the Speedway to gas up and get some ginger ale for Hinson. Hinson said her daughter had just gone through the front entry of the store and she was getting ready to walk in as Weah held the door open for them. That’s when a law enforcement officer came up with a gun and shouted at Weah, she said.
Hinson is carrying Weah’s unborn child. She said she’s four months pregnant, and that they had decided to spend the night in Winston-Salem before going home.
Updated 5:18 p.m.
CLEMMONS — The officer injured in a shooting this morning where a suspect was killed works for the Greensboro Police Department.
Officer M.J. Ambrosio was transported to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is in stable condition with an injury not considered life-threatening, Greensboro police said in a news release.
Greensboro officers were part of a task force looking for a man wanted in a Charlotte killing, authorities said.
The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting. The Greensboro Police Department’s Professional Standards Division will conduct an internal investigation to determine whether department policies were followed.
The Greensboro officers involved in the use of force will be placed on administrative duty, which is the department's procedure in such cases, police said. Officials did not say how many Greensboro officers were involved.
Check back for updates at greensboro.com.
CLEMMONS — An officer shot a man to death at the Speedway gas station on Lewisville-Clemmons Road on Friday morning, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr.
The man killed was being sought for a murder in Charlotte.
According to a news release, officers from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation and Greensboro Police Department were trying to locate the man.
They found the man at the Speedway gas station in the 2400 block of Lewisville-Clemmons Road. At 8:12 a.m. Friday, law-enforcement officers and the man shot at each other. The man, who has not been identified, was killed. An officer, also not identified, was injured, and Kimbrough said the officer had non-life-threatening injuries.
The injured officer was not from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Kimbrough said. The officer’s family has yet to be notified, Kimbrough said.
The sheriff’s office did not identify the officer or officers who killed the man.
The SBI is investigating the shooting, and the sheriff’s office said it is cooperating with the investigation, Kimbrough said.
The sheriff’s office said it was releasing no other information at this time.
“We will not be taking questions but will provide confirmed information as appropriate,” the news release said.
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