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Autopsy: Durham police officer shot man four times

Posted January 22, 2014

— A man killed last summer during an encounter with Durham police was shot four times, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

Jose Adan Cruz Ocampo, 33, was shot and killed on July 27 when, according to police, he confronted officers with a knife in the 800 block of Park Aveneue and refused to drop it.

An attorney representing Ocampo's family has said witnesses said Ocampo was trying to hand over the knife when he was shot. At the time, police were investigating a nearby stabbing, and Ocampo was waiting outside his home to talk with officers about an altercation.

The autopsy report states that Ocampo was shot in the top of his head, his chest, his abdomen and his left wrist. The shot to his head was the fatal shot, according to the medical examiner.

Officer R.S. Mbuthia, who shot Ocampo, remains on administrative leave with pay pending the conclusion of a State Bureau of Investigation review of the shooting.

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  • btneast Jan 23, 2014

    Why didn't they shoot him in the leg first and use that as a deterrent…I'm glad law enforcement has decided to just shoot and kill people instead of using good judgment.
    Huh? Do you read the all of the other comments posted before posting? If so, you would have the answer to your question.

  • recontwice Jan 23, 2014

    Curious as to how people feel about the Charlotte officer who shot an unarmed man 10 times with all the shots at a downward angle indicating that the man was lying down when he was shot?

  • Billy the Kid Jan 23, 2014

    Job well done! Shoot in the leg? Ignorance is bliss!

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Jan 23, 2014

    The on going problem in law enforcement is that often times accountability is nonexistent.

    many who wield the power of a badge and gun should not have that power but there is very little a citizen can do to ensure accountability and reconcile the problem

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 23, 2014

    Another example of police brutality…OK he had a knife…Why didn't they shoot him in the leg first and use that as a deterrent…I'm glad law enforcement has decided to just shoot and kill people instead of using good judgment.

  • gotnoid Jan 23, 2014

    As I understand the article, the victim had previously stabbed his neighbor and then approached the Officer with a knife in his hand prior to being shot.
    So, What is the issue?

  • Viewer Jan 22, 2014

    Walk toward a cop with a knife in your hand? You can expect to get shot. The cop wants to go home at the end of his watch.

  • btneast Jan 22, 2014

    [bThat implies that once the suspect went down the officer continued to shoot him which if true transitions from self defense to 2nd degree murder ..][/b] No, not at all. You don't shoot one shot , then wait to see what happens....you will end up dead that way. Assailants under the influence rarely stop coming with one shot. A semi automatic pistol will fire 4 shots very quickly. There are only a handful of people in the world that are good enough to shoot to wound, and even they would not bet their life on one bullet when their own life is in danger.

  • sunshine1040 Jan 22, 2014

    Police say drop the weapon they do not mean in their hand. Sorry man did not understand English but it is the language our laws were written in and even hearing impaired know that you do not come toward police with a weapon in hand.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 22, 2014

    "..he confronted officers with a knife in the 800 block of Park Aveneue and refused to drop it." "..witnesses said Ocampo was trying to hand over the knife when he was shot."

    Ummm, duh! You're told to drop the knife. Instead you walk toward the officer with knife in hand. The officer did what I would expect ANY officer to do... protect himself when he doesn't know the offender's intentions.

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