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12/23/2020 5:09:00 PM
Suspect In Shooting Of Kings Mountain Officer Identified

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

There is finally some good news to report in connection with the flurry of shootings of police officers recently. Cpl. Frank Whittington of the Kings Mountain Police has been released from the hospital.

Whittington suffered a gunshot wound last Saturday night when he responded to a call near the Kings Mtn. Country Club. A resident of Downing Drive reported an unknown person on their back porch.

Both officer Whittington and the suspect were injured. Whittington was taken to Atrium Health-Cleveland in Shelby. The suspect was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.

Unlike two other incidents in the last two weeks that claimed the lives of officers in Mt. Holly and Concord, in this case, both Whittington and the suspect will likely survive. The suspect remained hospitalized on Wednesday.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation took over the Kings Mountain case, and on Wenesday, they finally named the suspect as a 30-year-old Dallas man, Antonio Cortez Anthony. No other details were released by the SBI on Wednesday.

Several area news outlets used what is apparently a mugshot photo from Anthony's arrest on a larceny charge by Gastonia Police in November.  He was released on bond pending trial on that charge.  

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