December 20, 2020 – In Breaking News – Fox News
A North Carolina police officer was recovering Saturday night after being shot while on duty, becoming the fourth officer shot in the Charlotte area in a little more than a week, according to reports.
Cpl. Frank Lee Whittington Jr., a 14-year veteran of the Kings Mountain Police Department, underwent surgery and was expected to be OK, Kings Mountain police Chief Lisa Proctor said, according to WCNC-TV in Charlotte.
Whittington was shot while responding to a report of a suspicious person on the back porch of a house.
(Kings Mountain, North Carolina Police Chief Lisa Proctor became the latest police chief in the Charlotte area Saturday to rush to an officer’s bedside after an officer was shot. In the past week and a half, four officers have been shot, including two who were killed. On Sunday, Proctor found herself in an unwelcomed spotlight after Corporal Frank Lee Whittington Jr. was shot. During a late night news conference, Proctor delivered an emotional, unscripted, five minute long essay encapsulating the week’s emotions. Courtesy of WCNC and YouTube. Posted Dec. 20, 2020.)
Proctor said she didn’t have details about the shooting.
“We are very thankful that he is still alive and that we’re not planning funeral number three in the last week and a half for another law enforcement officer,” she said.
The shooting suspect was also hospitalized, WSOC-TV in Charlotte reported.
Previously, Officer Jason Shuping of the Concord Police Department was fatally shot Wednesday while trying to arrest a carjacking suspect.
(Concord Police said 25-year-old officer Jason Shuping was killed in a shooting near Concord Mills Mall Wednesday night. Officer Kaleb Robinson was also injured. Courtesy of WCNC and YouTube. Posted Dec. 17, 2020.)
Officer Kaleb Robinson was wounded and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
On Dec. 11, Officer Tyler Herndon of the Mount Holly Police Department was shot and killed while responding to a break-in at a car wash. He died two days before his 26th birthday.
(Police in Gaston County, North Carolina arrested charged a man with murder after investigators said he shot and killed a police officer during a break-in in Mount Holly Friday morning. Courtesy of WCNC and YouTube. Posted Dec. 11, 2020.)
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Concord Police Officer Jason Shuping, and Mount Holly Police Officer Tyler Herndon, both blood and blue.
Thank you for your bravery in serving the citizens of North Carolina with pride and distinction. Our hearts are heavy with your loss. You will not be forgotten.
Also in our prayers for full recoveries are Kings Mountain Police Cpl. Frank Lee Whittington Jr., and Concord Police Officer Kaleb Robinson. You matter – to your families, to your communities, and to your brothers and sisters across the nation.
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