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Durham police release names of officers, shooting victim

Posted November 23

— Police in North Carolina on Wednesday released the name of the man shot to death by officers at a public housing complex.

Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said in a news release that 34-year-old Frank Nathaniel Clark of Durham died after he was shot Tuesday.

Police Chief C.J. Davis said Tuesday the man was shot by officers after they said he made a sudden move toward his waistband while being questioned, prompting a struggle.

Michael also released the names of the officers involved. She said they are C.S. Barkley, M.D. Southerland and C.Q. Goss. She said Southerland was taken to a hospital for treatment of a leg injury and has been released.

Michael said Clark was African-American, as are the three officers.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure when a police officer is involved in a shooting.

A woman who identified herself to reporters on Tuesday as Clark's sister said he didn't have a gun when he was shot. Asked to elaborate on her statement, the woman, who identified herself as Francine Ray, was led away from reporters by friends before making any additional comment. A voice message left on her phone on Thursday wasn't immediately returned.

Davis told a news conference on Tuesday that a gun that didn't belong to the officers was found by the man's body, "but I can't say that weapon was fired."

A check of Clark's background shows 40 separate criminal filings. However, most of the offenses aren't specified in the records. In most instances, the report says the case was disposed and the court's action wasn't given.

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