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Authorities probe shooting involving trooper in Durham

Posted May 25, 2009
Updated June 6, 2009

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— Authorities are investigating a shooting involving a state Highway Patrol trooper on U.S. Highway 70, near Cheek Road, in Durham.

Trooper R. K. Clay had stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation when an altercation occurred at about 4 p.m. Monday. Driver Anthony Rashad Peaks, 19, of Durham, could not provide identification and became uncooperative, according to Clay.

Clay shot Peaks, and then called emergency medical services to request paramedics, Capt. Everett Clendenin said.

Witnesses told WRAL News they heard multiple shots fired.

"It sounded like a bunch of firecrackers going off. It was like, ‘Pop-pop-pop-pow.’ It was five or six shots back to back. It wasn't like one shot, then another shot, it was like an automatic going off,” witness Bertram Drummond said.

Peaks suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Duke University Hospital. Clay was not injured.

Peaks had an outstanding warrant for felony assault with intent to kill in Durham County, Clendenin said.

Peaks was being held on a $100,000 bond in Durham County Jail. He is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Clay, 43, joined the patrol in June 2005. He was placed on administrative duty as State Bureau of Investigation agents investigate the shooting; both are standard procedure in a law enforcement-involved shooting.


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  • leo-nc May 26, 2009

    It's a sad day when people give criminals the benefit of the doubt rather than a police officer.

  • tatermommy52 May 26, 2009

    needs more range time...

  • Just the facts mam May 26, 2009

    Glad the Trooper is OK - that is the only important thing.

  • chfdcpt May 26, 2009

    The SBI will conduct the investigation, and it will give the results to the DA of the county where it occurred. The DA will make the final decision.

  • Duke 79 May 26, 2009

    Gee - another "outstanding warrant" floating around in Durham. Fancy that.

  • WHEEL May 26, 2009

    Why not post that you "better have your ID ready and be cooperative if stopped by the HP in Durham". Afraid of any alternative comment?

  • tgw May 26, 2009

    Folks, we need to support the NCHP. They do their best to PROTECT US!!! Yep, they give us tickets when WE BREAK THE LAW!! Not their fault...they did not make the speed limit, nor did they push our car's gas pedal. WE did! OK?

    Officer Clay must have been in a tight spot to draw and fire his weapon. We must support him-unless the SBI says otherwise.
    I seriously doubt Officer Clay was wrong. I imagine he feels badly about the whole thing!!

  • knowthefacts May 26, 2009

    Trooper Clay did what he needed to do! He's an outstanding officer!

  • mep May 26, 2009

    I know Trooper Clay.... he is a good man. In my several "encounters" with him, he has ALWAYS conducted himself in a professional manner. Its too bad the other man was shot, but then again he did have an outstanding warrant on a pretty serious charge.

  • Boogalooboy May 26, 2009

    Since we are so suspicious of this crowd I wouldn't call them for their help if you are ever in a bad situation.