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Durham police ID officer who shot knife-wielding man

Posted July 29, 2013

Durham police on Monday released the name of an officer who shot and killed a knife-wielding man Saturday.

Officer R.S. Mbuthia is on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting, a police spokeswoman said.

Mbuthia and other officers responded to a stabbing call in the 700 block of Park Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and found a man who had been cut on the face and bleeding heavily.

A block away, the officers encountered another man who was holding a knife. He was shot after he refused to drop the weapon.

Police on Monday did not release the name of the man who was shot, saying they are still trying to notify his relatives.

The stabbing victim, who also was not identified, was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

Mbuthia joined the department in February 2005 and is assigned to the Patrol Bureau.


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  • freakin A Jul 30, 2013

    Good job officer! So much nicer to read about the suspect being shot versus an officer being stabbed. Tired of reading about injured/killed officers who should've acted before it was too late.

  • UNC81 Jul 30, 2013

    >> Was he threatening police? - goldbug

    If he was shot, he was obviously threatening police with the knife. Durham PD does a great job in some pretty dangerous areas. People don't get shot for "just holding a knife", give the LEOs some credit.

  • Hmmmmmm Jul 30, 2013

    Stop feeding the troll. This person can read and is obviously trying to get attention. If you stop feeding him he will move on to another neighborhood. Great job Officer.

  • kma1005 Jul 30, 2013

    It doesn't matter what the circumstances are to why the guy stabbed/cut the other guy. Police are not judge, jury, and executioner. They were not punishing him what cutting someone they were defending themselves. No matter who you are or why you are holding a weapon when the police tell you to drop it unless you are intent on dieing DROP IT!

  • lynne0312 Jul 30, 2013

    Do you think police should be able to shoot anyone just for having a knife in their hand? Where is the evidence that the police felt threatened enough to shoot and kill this man?

    The guy had a knife, not a gun. Was he coming at them? Do you think it's okay to shoot to kill simply because he didn't drop the knife fast enough?

  • stymieindurham Jul 29, 2013

    "I think it's extreme for police to shoot and kill an unarmed man."

    First of all, get your story right. The suspect WAS armed!! It's people just like this is why ALL officer involved shootings MUST be investigated and cleared properly.

  • stymieindurham Jul 29, 2013

    "What is there to investigate?????"

    The officer needs to be cleared of any wrong doing as well as the department needs to be cleared of negligant training.

  • lynne0312 Jul 29, 2013

    I can't believe these comments. You people don't even know what happened. For all you know, the man with the knife may have been defending himself against the person he stabbed. I think it's extreme for police to shoot and kill an unarmed man. We don't even know what happened. Was he threatening police?

  • Rebelyell Jul 29, 2013

    Finally, a crime story with a happy ending.

  • 426X3 Jul 29, 2013

    LEO doing their job. End of story.