Teen Suspect Shot During Undercover Charlotte Drug Deal Dies

From News 14 Carolina by Elise Esasky, June 19, 2013

The 17-year-old shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police during an undercover drug deal died late last night.

The incident happened in the Hidden Valley neighborhood Tuesday afternoon—an area of Charlotte formally known for gang violence.

Police say they’ve made major headway in the neighborhood, and yesterday’s incident is unfortunate and frustrating.

Police Chief Monroe says undercover operation was part of a much larger gang investigation, and he says history could be repeating itself.

17-year-old Jaquez Walker died yesterday from a gunshot wound to the head. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say an undercover officer and an informant had just completed a drug deal with Walker and another suspect when they say they opened fire. The informant was also hit in the shoulder, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Area residents expressed concern that the incident happened in their neighborhood. The Hidden Valley area was known for gang violence years ago, but both police and residents say it has been quiet for the past few years.

“You can get out here in the mornings, early mornings I walk. You know, it’s really quiet, until yesterday. I was standing in my window and all of a sudden I hear it sounds like firecrackers,”said area resident Saundra Smith.

According to CMPD’s crime map, the area has seen one robbery and two drug sales since the start of the year.

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