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An officer-involved shooting occurred on February 15, 2017 on Glenbrook Drive. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is currently conducting an independent investigation into any potential violations of law by the involved officers, which is standard procedure in such cases. Upon the conclusion of their investigation, the SBI will present their findings to the Durham County District Attorney’s Office. The Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division is conducting an administrative investigation to ensure that all departmental policies and procedures were followed. The investigations are ongoing and, as they develop, are expected to uncover details which have yet to be determined such as how the encounter evolved, the number of shots fired and autopsy findings. Based upon initial statements from responding officers and reports from the Durham 911 Center, a preliminary review of this incident indicates the following:
Cpl. J.E. Lloyd, Officer T.M. Greathouse and Officer A.G. D’Meza, who are assigned to the Durham Police Department’s Selective Enforcement Team (SET), went to 2512 Glenbrook Drive around 2:15 p.m. to attempt to serve an order for arrest on 24-year-old Kenneth Lee Bailey Jr., which had been issued earlier that day through the Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center, based on Bailey violating his pretrial release conditions. He was awaiting trial on August 2016 charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy in which he was accused of pointing a gun at the victim’s chest during robbery.
According to initial reports, the officers, who were wearing tactical raid vests with the word POLICE on the front and back, knocked on the front door of 2512 Glenbrook Drive, where they believed Bailey was at the time. There were four people, including Kenneth Bailey Jr., inside the house. Bailey ran out a side door and crossed the street with the officers in pursuit.
A SET officer told 911 dispatchers they were in a foot chase. Based on 911 radio traffic, approximately 20 seconds later, the officer said, “I’ve got shots fired. I’ve got a man down.” The officer immediately requested EMS. The initial police report indicated, “The man that was running pulled a handgun and was shot by a police officer.”
The SET officer radioed for additional units and again for EMS. He also said officers were starting to perform CPR on the man. One of the first responding patrol officers reported that he saw Officers Greathouse and D’Meza performing CPR. An EMS crew arrived on the scene within four minutes. Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene.
DPD’s Victim Services Unit and chaplains from the Emergency Chaplains organization responded to the scene to provide community support.
After the incident, officers canvassed the neighborhood and spoke with residents to gather additional information. According to police reports, one person told officers he heard three shots and another person told officers he saw “Mr. Bailey throw a black gun back toward the street.” A third person told officers “that the officers had asked the suspect to drop his weapon several times before the officers fired their weapons.” This person also told officers he heard three shots.
The gun, a .45-caliber handgun, which was reported stolen in Durham in December 2016, was found near the body.
Officer Greathouse joined the DPD on September 8, 2003. Officer D’Meza joined the DPD on August 21, 2006 and Cpl. Lloyd joined the DPD on August 17, 2005. All three officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard following an officer-involved shooting.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the SBI at (919) 779-8188 or 1-800-334-3000 (after hours).