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Durham police officer, man exchange gunfire

Posted December 26, 2014

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— A Durham police officer dove for cover Thursday night after a man walked up and began shooting at him, police said Friday.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. on Lakeland Street, just north of Truman Street. Police said Officer J.T. West was sitting in his patrol car, working on a report, when he saw two men approaching his car from behind.

As West got out of the car to speak to them, one of the men pulled out a gun and began firing, police said. The man fired six shots at West, striking the patrol car once.

West fired two rounds in return. Police said it wasn't known if West wounded either of the men.

West injured his wrist when he dove behind a staircase at a vacant apartment building at 1414 Lakeland St. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released.

Police said West and the men, who ran from the scene, never exchanged words.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. A reward is being offered.

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  • TransplantedToNC Dec 30, 2014

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    The issue with the "Sandwich mistaken for a gun" is that was the suspects mother who was not at the scene who stated her son did not have a gun but a sandwich. When in fact the investigation proved that he not only had a gun, but fired it at the officer who defended himself and killed the 18 year old man who was in illegal possession of a handgun.

  • Barely Dec 26, 2014

    Clearly, the answer is to take the guns away from police...

  • Mike Wells Dec 26, 2014
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    I read this article and all I can think about is RESPECT!!! I have always been taught to respect whom ever I am talking to. People today today will argue with a bed post if they thought it would get them some attention. Arguing with a police office in a street and trying to provoke the situation is only going to end bad. Go to the jail house and get the situation sorted out. There are too many people killing each other over senseless things. If we respect each other, all of this hate would not be necessary.

  • Amy LaFluer Dec 26, 2014
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    Let's be honest....This is a war everyone created. We told our youth that they are victims of society, we justified poor behavior based off them be victims of society. Most of the latest incidents, the teenagers wasn't being taken care of by their parents. These are children with guns. It starts with us....I honestly don't know anyone one with a great life and you know really nothing is fair but we can't justify poor behavior no matter the color of skin on any of our children.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Dec 26, 2014

    I'm glad the police officer is okay.

  • Amy LaFluer Dec 26, 2014
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    I agree I fear that too....

  • Amy LaFluer Dec 26, 2014
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    That's not exactly true. Tell that to the officer hit with a brick and the one running from fireworks at the gas station. That was clearly a justified incident. But just like the protester said " he didn't have all the details about the shooting "

  • Realthoughts Dec 26, 2014

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    I'll drop my underwear if that saves my life. And by doing so, I can eat my sandwich and take my pills once everything is sorted out.

  • Realthoughts Dec 26, 2014

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    Read my comment, the sandwich or anything that is in someone's pocket and they reach in their pocket to pull it out. Personally if an officer has a gun drawn on me, I'm not reaching anywhere except for where he or she tells me.

    Again, point being if officer has a gun drawn on me I am going to do what he or she says. Everything else can be sorted out later and everyone lives.

    Again, common sense.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 26, 2014

    [quote=14308095]Post by Grand Union[/quote

    Planes leaving daily.

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