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Posted on: February 16, 2017

February 15 Officer-Involved Shooting

The Durham Police Department (DPD) was involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon on Glenbrook Drive.

“We would like to express our concern and condolences to all involved. Any loss of life is always a tragic event,” said Police Chief C.J. Davis

According to preliminary information, three officers from the DPD’s Selective Enforcement Team (SET) were attempting to serve an order for arrest on a man around 2:20 p.m. at a house in the 2500 block of Glenbrook Drive. As the officers approached the residence, the man they were looking for ran out of the house. Officers pursued the man on foot for a short distance. He pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at officers, which caused the officers to fire at him.

The man fell to the ground and officers performed CPR on him. The man, whose name is not being released at this time, was pronounced dead a short time later. A gun was found next to the man. The gun did not belong to the Durham Police Department and had been reported stolen in December 2016 from North Driver Street.

An order for arrest was issued this morning based on the man violating his pretrial release conditions. He was awaiting trial on August 2016 charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy. This order for arrest had a preset bond of $500,000. He was also facing an indictment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The SET officers were wearing tactical vests with the word POLICE on the front and back.

The three SET officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting. The incident is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). The Durham Police Department will complete a five-day report on the incident.

 “The Durham Police Department continues to be concerned about how incidents like this impact families, our community and our department,” Davis said.

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