Durham police ID man shot in head by officer
Posted July 17, 2014
Durham, N.C. — 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.