Charlotte law enforcement officers who died in shootout identified: ‘Forever indebted’

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The four law enforcement officers killed during a shootout Monday afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina, have been identified. 

Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas M. Weeks Jr.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas M. Weeks Jr., 48, a 13-year-veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), was killed, the service confirmed Tuesday. Weeks leaves behind a wife and four children.  

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer Joshua Eyer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) identified their lost officer as Joshua Eyer. Eyer served the department’s North Tryon Division for six years and was a member of the 178th Recruit Class. A procession carried his body from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office, a video shared on social media around 11:30 p.m. showed.  

“We are forever indebted to Officer Eyer for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice,” CMPD posted Monday evening. “His life and service will never be forgotten.”

CHARLOTTE SHOOTING: 4 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED, 4 INJURED AS US MARSHALS TASK FORCE SERVED WARRANT

CMPD Officer Joshua Eyer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer Joshua Eyer died after being shot in the line of duty while assisting other officers with the apprehension of 39-year-old suspect Terry Clark Hughes, Jr. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

North Carolina Department of Adult Correction officer Sam Poloche

The North Carolina Department of Adult Correction (NCDAC) identified Sam Poloche and William “Alden” Elliot as task force officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, killed in the “tragic shooting.” 

Poloche joined NCDAC Special Operations and Intelligence Unit in 2013, and Elliot joined in 2016, the Department of Adult Corrections said. They both served several years as probation/parole officers. 

“They loved their work, and were passionate about their roles in protecting our communities,” the department said.

Poloche is survived by a wife and two children. 

NCDAC Samuel "Sam" Poloche

Samuel “Sam” Poloche joined our NCDAC Special Operations and Intelligence Unit in 2013, according to a press release. He leaves behind a wife and two children. (NC Dept. of Adult Correction)

North Carolina Department of Adult Correction officer William “Alden” Elliott

Elliott leaves behind a wife and one child. 

3 LOUISIANA OFFICERS WOUNDED BY GUNFIRE IN STANDOFF WITH SHOOTING SUSPECT, POLICE SAY

William "Alden" Elliott

William “Alden” Elliott was a 14-year NC Department of Adult Correction veteran who left behind a wife and one child.  (NC Dept. of Adult Correction)

The shooting began when a U.S. Marshals Task Force attempted to serve a warrant for firearm possession by a convicted felon. During a Monday evening press briefing, authorities said the recipient of the warrant was the one who initially opened fire. That suspect, who was later identified as 39-year-old Terry Clark Hughes, Jr., was killed in the shootout, police said.

Hughes was also wanted for two counts of felony flee to elude out of Lincoln County, North Carolina, according to Charlotte police.

Police believe two shooters may have been involved. They said two persons of interest, a 17-year-old and a woman, were taken to the police station for further investigation.

Charlotte officer crouch behind a police vehicle on Galway Drive

Charlotte residents are shocked after the deaths of four officers following a Monday afternoon shootout. (Charlotte resident)

A total of eight law enforcement officers were shot. Three CMPD officers and a U.S. Marshals Task Force officer were injured and are still recovering from their wounds.

5000 block of Galway Drive in east Charlotte, North Carolin

Multiple law enforcement officers were shot in the 5000 block of Galway Drive in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday, April 29, 2024. (Khadejeh Nikouyeh/The Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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“These officers died as heroes and made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our state,” NCDAC’s press release said. “We remember them, we honor their service, we send our deepest condolences to their families and friends, and we pray for healing for all affected by this tragic incident.”

FOX News’ Andrea Vacchiano and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report. 

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