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Man charged in Durham shoot-out

Posted December 15, 2011

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— A man on probation for trying to kill two people faces new accusations that he took part in a shoot-out along a Durham street Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police said Thursday that Larry Joseph Harwell, 19, of Yancey Street, was one of three men seen exchanging gunfire while running north on Yancey Street, near Chapel Hill Street.

Shots were fired as the men ran past the Healthy Start Academy, 807 W. Chapel Hill St., but no one was injured.

Harwell was charged Wednesday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm within the city limits and going armed to the terror of the public. He was placed in the Durham County jail under a $50,000 bond.

Harwell was convicted of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent kill on Nov. 7, according to state Department of Correction records. He was placed on probation and has also served probation for a June 2010 conviction for possessing stolen goods.

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  • chattycat Dec 16, 2011

    Another criminal released and back to his old tricks. Will we ever learn?

  • fugitiveguy surfaces again Dec 15, 2011

    "Perdue vetoed a bill that would repeal a law that allowed a death-row inmate to challenge their punishment if they can prove racial bias."

    Just how would one go about proving this? Who would they have to convince? Its just more liberal garbage.

  • jsok123 Dec 15, 2011

    This young man just hasn't had a chance to turn his life around yet. Put him on probation again, let him loose, so this time he will get it right and actually kill a bunch of people, Jeeez, it's not rocket science people!

  • prodigalrn Dec 15, 2011

    "According to Bev, this is another example of discrimination (as she just vetoed a similar bill yesterday"

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Perdue vetoed a bill that would repeal a law that allowed a death-row inmate to challenge their punishment if they can prove racial bias. Even if they win their appeal, they don't go anywhere, they just get life without parole instead of the death penalty. And since we've had two death-row inmates exonerated recently (that means falsely imprisoned and then released) then I don't mind someone getting off death row, if they still have to spend life in prison. It costs more in legal fees for capital cases than it does to house them for life. They spend millions on legal fees for death-penalty cases and the automatic appeals.

  • oneal2bme Dec 15, 2011

    Your right a year ago I had a 60,000 bond for a paper crime n was facing 20 years for 180.00 crazy right. However I survived 'n a jury said not guilty. But if I kill some one my bond would b lower n probation. Wow. Durham NC everyone laughing now

  • oneal2bme Dec 15, 2011

    Amen hunter38 listening to the scanner at night the officers work their behinds running chasing blocking u name it. Murders can't b prevented. Elect more people who care abbt the community not a check.

  • u stand corrected Dec 15, 2011

    Was the probabtion officer aware that this man on probation had access to a gun? Wildcat.

    Are you serious?

  • wildcat Dec 15, 2011

    Was the probabtion officer aware that this man on probation had access to a gun? The state needs to tighten up on these probabtion officers. Remember the late Ms. Eve Carson case? The courts should send this man back to prison for 40 years with no chance of getting out until that time is done.

  • westernwake1 Dec 15, 2011

    "not defending the suspect but if you were to put him in jail the a lot of people will still complain about their tax money going into the prison system...catch 22" - mikeyfree20

    Maybe the English had the right idea. We need to find an island far away from our nation and tranport all the convicts there. Any suggestions as to where?

  • mikeyfree20 Dec 15, 2011

    not defending the suspect but if you were to put him in jail the a lot of people will still complain about their tax money going into the prison system...catch 22

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