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Durham police: Man dies after being shot inside car

Posted December 3, 2014

— A 26-year-old man died early Wednesday after being shot in a car while driving in the 200 block of West Carver Street.

According to investigators, Kenneth Bernard Covington, of Durham, was shot at about 12:30 a.m. between North Duke and Roxboro streets.

No one else was inside the car when police arrived on scene, and investigators said Covington lost control of the car and wrecked after being shot.

The shooting was not a random act, police said. No arrests have been made in the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440 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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  • jackaroe123 Dec 3, 2014

    Violent deaths are all tragic, but they are not all controversial. The controversy leads to the protesting.

    A different, recent murder victim in Durham, youth track coach Shareef Abdul Mohammed, spent his tragically short adult life being the answer to the question of what anyone is doing to help prevent inner-city crime: He was a positive role model for kids who sometimes had few other examples, and he helped give them a sense of community and hope to dissuade them from gangs, drugs, and other crime.

    Those of you who want to ignore the very real controversy surrounding Michael Brown's death and attribute it to media sensationalism should take issue w/ the same media for its failure to highlight the work done every day to help improve crime in disadvantaged communities.

  • Eric Bohlen Dec 3, 2014
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    This is such a lovely city.

  • Kimmy Baldwin Dec 3, 2014
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    Actually, I live just around the corner and it's a really safe neighborhood. We've never any issues in our neighborhood. A lot of this seems to come in from the pocket neighborhood on the other side of Roxboro and the one across from Costco. I don't have any reservations walking after dark. I'm certainly not living my life locked in my home.

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 3, 2014

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    Same here as I wasn't far from there earlier in the evening. Only judges can have an effect on the high murder rate in Durham by sentencing repeat violent felons to long prison sentences. Not holding my breath on that though.

    A person is more than twice as likely to be a crime victim in Durham than the average citizen of North Carolina.

  • Chris Perry Dec 3, 2014
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    There was no indictment as a very biased prosecutor hand fed a grand jury the outcome he wanted.

    I guess the no indictment had absolutely nothing to do with the 6 AA witnesses that backed up the officers story. It was just that slick DA. BY the way. If someone is attempting to beat you, and you shoot them. That is self defense.

  • Lorna Schuler Dec 3, 2014
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    Bwauaaahahahahaha.... So, you want the police to not confront a potential perp, hide behind something until he/she can call in the troops and then deal with it? Let me know how that works out for you when/if you are ever attacked by someone? You and many others seem to have some warm and fuzzy feeling that the bad guys will just calmly surrender, that is far from the truth.

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 3, 2014

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    "What exactly was "PROVEN to be self defense"?"

    A grand jury didn't even find enough evidence to indict, which doesn't take much so yes, it was PROVEN to be self defense. It's over, the only thing left is for the protesters, Michael Brown's parents, Al Sharpton, Obama, Eric Holder, and all the other race baiters to apologize.

  • T-ONE Dec 3, 2014

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    That's why body cameras are so important. This will be the best outcome for all parties involved and weed out potential bad cops.

  • carolinarox Dec 3, 2014

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    What exactly was "PROVEN to be self defense"? This article states the shooting was not a random act. If you are referring to Ferguson, nothing has been "proven" or "PROVEN" if you prefer. There was no indictment as a very biased prosecutor hand fed a grand jury the outcome he wanted. Officer Wilson could have very easily defended himself by rolling up his window, moving his car, or waiting for backup, the kid wasn't armed and the officer had a 4000 lb car and guns. I don't think a police officer should have to take a beat down as part of the job, but they should be trained to de-escalate a situation instead of intensifying it. We haven't seen many examples of that in Ferguson.

  • diana123 Dec 3, 2014

    nothing good ever comes after the witching hour.