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Shooting in Durham stemmed from arrest of alleged peeper

Posted March 21

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— The scuffle that led to the shooting of a Durham police officer in the predawn hours of Monday morning stemmed from the arrest of a man on secret peeping charges, police said.

The accused, Danny Lee McMillen, 44, of Durham, was picked up at about 3 a.m. near his home on Lake Village Drive, about an hour after a report of a peeper on Chesden Drive, police said.

According to neighbors, the house where he was peeping is home to his ex-wife and two children.

Officer Turner was taking handcuffs off McMillen in the booking ares of the Durham County jail when, according to a police spokeswoman, he saw McMillen reach for a gun in the back of his waistband.

Police have not said whether McMillen was patted down before he was cuffed or why officers didn't notice he had a weapon.

As the two wrestled, McMillen was able to get off a single shot, which grazed Turner in the abdomen.

Turner was treated at an area hospital and released. McMillen was not injured.

He was charged with misdemeanor secret peeping, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon by a prisoner and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

McMillen was being held in the jail Monday afternoon under a $505,000 bond.


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  • Kim Plucker Mar 21, 2016
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    I guess they still are not searching their suspects?

  • Janet Ghumri Mar 21, 2016
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    So this guy made it all the way into the station with a gun in the back of his britches? That's pretty lax on the search. I'm curious about the 'secret peeping' charge, isn't it part of the very nature of peeping to be secret? How does one charge quality for a secret peeping charge, while another one, assumably would not? And not for nothing, the pictures of the guy, he looks much older than 44. Maybe all that peeping takes it's toll over time. Smh

  • David McCabe Mar 21, 2016
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    Durham PD really has a terrible track record when it comes to making sure people they arrest aren't concealing a gun on their person. Do they still search suspects when they arrest them?

  • John Smith Mar 21, 2016
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    Well, in partial fairness: This happened in the wee hours of the morning whereas the Raleigh incident was in broad daylight.
    Seeing that the suspect did not use the officers weapon, I'm more curious about where that came from.

  • Doug Bogard Mar 21, 2016
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    It took WRAL less than an hour to report that a White officer shot a Black man in Raleigh a few weeks ago.
    I wonder what the delay is in this case......