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Durham police ID man shot in head by officer

Posted July 17

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— Durham police on Thursday identified a man who was shot in the head early Wednesday morning by an officer responding to reports of gunfire.

Kammie Michael, a spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department, said Cayetano Castro-Merino, 21, was shot and that he remained hospitalized with critical injuries.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said Wednesday that Officer Brian K. Johnson fired at least one shot at Castro-Merino after he failed to follow Johnson's commands in both English and Spanish to put down the a gun.

The State Bureau of Investigation and Durham Police Department's Professional Standards Division are looking into the shooting, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

Johnson, who has been with the police department since 2003, is on paid administrative leave.

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