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Man arrested in Durham officer-involved shooting

Posted January 14

Police said Syron Deshon Townsend, 28, fired shots at an officer during a foot chase at about 11:30 p.m. on Sima Avenue in the McDougald Terrace housing community.
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— A man was arrested Thursday night in connection to an officer-involved shooting in Durham that occurred Saturday night.

Police said Syron Deshon Townsend, 28, fired shots at an officer during a foot chase at about 11:30 p.m. on Sima Avenue in the McDougald Terrace housing community. Officers were questioning the man when he started to run and fired shots in the direction of one officer, police said.

Townsend was arrested in Burlington by members of the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, injury to property, second-degree trespassing, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, going armed to the terror of the public, discharging a firearm within city limits, and resisting arrest.

He also faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon for firing shots into an occupied apartment.

Durham police said tips from the public led to Townsend’s arrest.

“We were able to identify a suspect in this case as a result of crucial information provided to use by residents. We are grateful for their assistance,” said Interim Durham Police Chief Larry Smith.

Police said that Townsend is also facing additional charges from 2014 and 2015 including assault on a female, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon and intimidating a witness.

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  • Chris Christian Jan 16, 2016
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    I think that statistic is the only one he knows. I didn't hear any studies about how many children get taken from meth labs of white people in america... but then again most people like tyronne don't know much about their own race! Or just too afraid to know the truth.

  • Tyrone Biggum Jan 15, 2016
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    No one is saying whites aren't victims of murder, James. But what we are saying is AA's commit 52% of the homicides in this country while only making up for 13% of the population. That, my friend, is what you can an epidemic. Scary.

  • James Scandrick Jan 15, 2016
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    Tell this number to the deaths of that Mother and Daughter just killed. Because you don't recognize it or your own, doesn't mean it isn't happening. Strange how comments can be made about others, that don't look like them, but can't and don't see nor hear a peep of other crimes. When it's Durham, it's about Black, but then Raleigh is overlooked for their crime, until it's Black. See the trend. Turning that blind eye, doesn't stop the scene of the crime.

  • Tyrone Biggum Jan 15, 2016
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    LMAO and this is the third murder/shooting article involving AA's TODAY alone. Take a seat lil fella.

  • Roger Chance Jan 15, 2016
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    Work history? # of chil'ren? What brings all these fine men to Durham? 17 homicides n Raleigh, twice as large. 47 in Durham As a lady of olor so brilliantly said, "at least we are killing our own". Nothing to be proud of, but statistically correct.

  • Tyrone Biggum Jan 15, 2016
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    Mystikal really hit rock bottom. Lock this fool up for 25+. See ya.

  • Natasha Teasley Jan 15, 2016
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    let's hope Orlando Hudson isn't the judge in his case. he'll get a cookie and be told not to do it again.

  • Brandy Lee Jan 15, 2016
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    Mean muggin'