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Man charged with shooting at Durham officer

Posted September 17, 2009

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— A Durham man who was wounded two weeks ago during a shootout with Durham police was taken into custody Thursday after being released from the hospital, police said.

Elliott Josiah Pierce, 26, was charged with two counts each of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $1 million bond.

Officers had stopped a Nissan Altima at Dearborn Drive and Ader Street for a traffic violation on Sept. 1 when a passenger got out and fired several shots at officers, police said. Officers returned fire, hitting the man in the abdomen and leg, police said.

The officers weren't injured, but the man was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment.

The Altima was found abandoned a short distance away, police said, but officers couldn't locate the driver or a second passenger.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave with pay while the State Bureau of Investigation reviews the case, which is standard procedure for officer-involves shootings.

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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 18, 2009

    Here's a sad piece of info. Look at the number of posts on this article as of my post. Exactly four, and I have two of them. This story was posted yesterday about 5pm. You would think a story about a cop being shot at would be big news.

    But because the headline contained two words, "shooting" and "Durham", most people don't bother reading the article. Mainly because they have read this same story at least 30 times before over the last year. After a while, you don't have to read the story to know what its about. Now that's sad when everyone simply EXPECTS shooting at cops in Durham.

  • Lead by Example Sep 18, 2009

    I don't understand why the suspect hasn't been charged with two counts of attempted 1st degree murder. By firing multiple shots at the officers that charge would be substantiated.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 18, 2009

    "Elliott Josiah Pierce, 26, was charged with two counts each of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm."

    Why is he not also charged with Attempted Murder? If you shoot someone, why is that not Attempted Murder?

  • davidbh61255 Sep 18, 2009

    MY DURHAM!!!