A Kings Moutain police officer was shot Saturday night. It was the third incident in which an officer was shot while doing his job in the last two weeks. The difference this time is that Corporal Frank Lee Whittington, Jr. will likely recover. He was taken to Atrium Health-Cleveland in Shelby.
The unidentified man who shot Whittington was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. He, too, is expected to survive.
Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said the shooting happened around 8:15 PM near the Kings Mountain Country Club.
Whittington, who is 34, had responded to a call about a suspicious person at a home on Downing Drive adjacent to the country club, according to Kings Mountain police.
A Concord police officer, 25-year-old Jason Shuping was shot and killed Wednesday. Another officer, 23-year-old Kaleb Robinson, was injured.
On Friday of the previous week, officer Tyler Avery Herndon, 25, was mortally wounded in a shootout with a suspect in Mt. Holly.
Unlike Shuping, who had been with the Concord Police for about a year-and-a-half and Herndon, who had been a Mt. Holly officer for almost two years, Whittington is a veteran officer with over a decade of service.
The latest shooting hit Kings Mountain hard. While Herndon worked in Mt. Holly, he was from Kings Mountain.