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Durham names two suspects in shooting at chief's car

Posted May 14, 2010

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— One man is in custody, and another one is wanted in the April 29 drive-by shooting of a car driven by the Durham police chief.

Chief Jose Lopez was driving near the intersection of South Roxboro and Dillard streets when a bullet hit the windshield of his unmarked car.

Lopez was not injured and was able to provide a description of the gunman to investigators.

On Friday, police asked for help from the public in locating Tony (Anthony) “Big Red” Person, 27, of West Corporation Street, whom they have charged in the shooting. Person is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

A second suspect, Lebron “Gutta” Brown, 21, of Fidelity Drive, was arrested Tuesday in Lynn, Mass. Police there stopped Brown on unrelated charges and were holding him, pending extradition to North Carolina.

Police did not say how they connected Person and Brown to the crime.

Anyone with information on Person’s whereabouts is asked to call Durham police at 919-201-7990 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • WRALSUCKS May 14, 2010

    Gutta and Big Red. I guess they'll be needing to find some new rocket scientists in Durham these days....

  • jackieflash42 May 14, 2010

    Come on, is anyone REALLY surprised here?

  • scientistjo May 14, 2010

    They look intelligent. Get a haircut and a job.

  • Fx432 May 14, 2010

    Big Red is at work where he has been all day. After work, he will be at church all evening.

  • dougalu May 14, 2010

    The shooting was by accident, I'm so sure...