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Man charged with shooting at Durham officers

Posted September 2, 2009

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— A Durham man who exchanged gunfire with police Tuesday night has been charged in the incident.

Elliott Josiah Pierce, 26, of Durham, was a passenger in a car pulled over by police at Dearborn Drive and Ader Street just after 10:30 p.m., police said.

Police said Pierce got out of the car and fired several shots at officers. Officers returned fire, hitting him in the abdomen and leg. The officers were not injured.

Pierce was being treated for his injuries Wednesday at Duke University Hospital.

He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He had a previous charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for an incident that happened on Aug. 11.

As is standard procedure when a law enforcement officer fires a weapon, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave with pay and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) will investigate.

Police found the car, a Nissan Altima, abandoned a short distance away, but were still searching for the driver and a second passenger.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 919-560-4440, ext. 29350 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • chfdcpt Sep 3, 2009

    This is another example that we don't need new laws to deal with the problem. If we (the system) would have enforced the current laws, that nice young man would have still been in prison.

  • makeitright Sep 2, 2009

    The shot in the abdomen was a little low. No offense to the officer. Now we all need to pay to feed this clown for a very long time. Death penalty to him, and life in prison for the others involved for being there. And let them work some job in prison, pay them $5.00 an hour and charge them room and board of $100.00 a day while they serve their time......No TV, phones, visitors, CD players, etc etc

  • JMackneil Sep 2, 2009

    It is an honor to work with these two officers involved in this situation. Heres a big pat on the back. Very little chance of a official commendation for your heroic actions. Good job lawmen!

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Sep 2, 2009

    I work alongside these Durham police officers and I am glad to say that I feel I have some of THE best officers who respond to calls with me.

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 2, 2009

    Police shoot citizen = 200 outraged golo comments.
    Man shoots at police = 8 comments glad the police are still alive.

  • schoobydooyellow Sep 2, 2009

    Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill is the same thing as attempted murder in North Carolina.

    There's nothing routine about what they do.

  • Da Toy Maker Sep 2, 2009

    Just so glad the good Lord watch out for the Officers today and they are not hurted physically.

  • Tax Man Sep 2, 2009

    So this guy was charged in August with felon in possession and other crimes and was obviously convicted before that of some felony. Why is he out on the streets? Shouldn't his bail be about $1 million or more? Now he shoots at a police officer - so besides these charges he is also, once again, a felon in possession of a firearm. This guy should have been killed here as he sure has no respect for our society and our values. Lock him up, throw away the key. Life without parole! We do not need him anywhere by in a cage. Hope they catch his accomplices and keep them off the street as well.

  • leo-nc Sep 2, 2009

    "How about attempted murder?"---


  • Common Sense Man Sep 2, 2009

    "He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill."

    How about attempted murder?