CMPD Releases Bodycam Footage From Officer Involved Shooting and Death of Danquirs Franklin


The CMPD has just released the bodycam footage of the officer-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin at the Beatties Ford Burger King that occurred on March 25th. The footage was released today immidiately after a NC Superior Court judge granted the media request.

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According to the official incident report by the City of Charlotte, “On March 25, 2019, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department received two separate 911 calls, 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.”

Here is the original 911 call from a Burger King employee, informing police about the suspect a gun;

CMPD Officers Wende Kerl and Larry Deal arrived at the Burger King parking lot at 9:04 pm. They exited their vehicle and approached a man who they saw squatting on the passenger side of a vehicle with a gun in his hand (later identified as Danquirs Franklin). Both Officers repeatedly commanded the man to drop the gun. After several commands, Officer Kerl fired his gun twice at the man. He was transported to Atrium Health where he was soon pronounced dead.

According to officials, CMPD will conduct a full internal investigation into the shooting and place officer Kerl on administrative leave, as is standard protocol when a service weapon is discharged in public.

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The report number in reference to the officer involved shooting is 2019-0325-0901-02.