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Detectives identify Charlotte homicide suspect killed in police shootout

A suspect who was wanted for a homicide in Charlotte was shot and killed by officers trying to serve a murder warrant in Forsyth County, police said.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A suspect wanted in connection with a Charlotte homicide was shot and killed by police in Clemmons, North Carolina, Friday, police said. 

The suspect, identified as Alexander Dekontee Weah, was found near a Speedway gas station on Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons around 8 a.m. Weah and responding officers exchanged gunfire, with one of the officers killing the suspect. An officer was hurt during the incident but is expected to recover. 

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Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers were part of the unit trying to locate the suspect. They were not hurt during the incident, CMPD said in a statement Friday. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was called to lead the investigation, which is standard protocol for all police shootings. 

On Saturday, CMPD confirmed the SBI investigation was ongoing, and that officers with the Greensboro Police Department were aiding in the attempted capture. CMPD also said a parallel Internal Affairs investigation is being conducted as well because at least one of the responding CMPD officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

Any person with information about this incident is asked to call the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office at 336-727-2112. Witnesses may also contact CMPD at 704-432-TIPS. 

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