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What We Know About the Suspect in the Charlotte Police Ambush

Just months before four law enforcement officers were killed and five others were injured during a standoff, the man at the center of the deaths led police on a high-speed chase in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam told WCNC Charlotte one of his officers tried to pull over 39-year-old Terry Clark Hughes Jr. in January, but instead of slowing down, he sped up and “took off.” Beam said a supervisor called off the short chase once the officer identified the license plate number, which was registered to a woman.

Terry Hughes Jr.

The U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force was attempting to serve multiple warrants against Hughes on Monday, including one tied to that Lincoln County chase, at a home on Galway Drive in east Charlotte when they were met with “active gunfire,” according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Hughes was shot and killed during the encounter.


A WCNC Charlotte review of Hughes’ criminal background shows a man who routinely skipped court and repeatedly tried to evade arrest.


North Carolina state records show Hughes was convicted of breaking and entering in Person County, which is north of Raleigh-Durham, in 2010. He spent approximately six months in prison before being released in May 2011.

Hughes was arrested in June 2012 after a high-speed chase in Alamance County {snip} At the time, he was wanted on several warrants in numerous counties for failing to appear in court. He spent nearly a year in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and speeding to elude arrest.

Hughes was arrested by CMPD on multiple drug charges in May 2021. He was also charged with fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle. He was released from jail hours later, records show.

Court records show many, but not all, of the charges out of Mecklenburg County were dismissed. {snip}