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Man killed in Durham shoot-out

Posted January 20, 2011
Updated January 21, 2011

— A man was killed during a shoot-out with members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force Thursday night in Durham. 

Task force members were attempting to serve warrants at 404 Macon St. around 8 p.m. A suspect wanted for sex charges in Durham was believed to be visiting people at that address, according to police.

Someone at the house fired shots, and task force members returned fire. A man, whose name was not released, was killed.

Several people were at the house, so authorities said they're not sure if the suspect was the one they shot. The man will be fingerprinted to determine his identity, police said. 

No officers were injured in the shooting, according to police. 

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the incident, which is standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings. 


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  • Common Sense Man Jan 21, 2011

    "Apparently you haven't had firearm training. When fired on, you don't return fire blindly. Police should ONLY target the person firing at them."

    Where in the article do you see that they fired blindly? You assume. And your assumption would be wrong.

  • nighttrain2010 Jan 21, 2011

    >>You can use deadly force to stop someone from entering your house if you fear they will kill or do great bodily harm against you.

    I tend to think someone kicking in my door without announcement with my knowledge that I obey all laws is a fear they're going to do 'great bodily harm' to me. Or do you just let someone kick in the door, come in and traipse around first?

  • issymayake Jan 21, 2011

    lol @ thinking you need a gun to pick your wife up from work downtown. Exaggerate much?

  • RM24 Jan 21, 2011

    That's my opinion also. My only concern would be if they shot someone other than the shooter.

    Valid point. However if your in a home and get shot by the police because they are shooting at someone that is shooting at them then their is a good chance your in a dangerous area already at risk.

  • oftenbad Jan 21, 2011

    @ journey985: What does having to be guilty do with anything. Obviously if you shoot at the police, you're probably going to be met with deadly force by the police that you just shot at.

  • jervin6 Jan 21, 2011

    night train: obviously you think know more about this than what is reported, thanks for enlightening everyone with your perspective. We do not know if this was a no knock raid or not. You haven't fixed a thing. The only thing you have done is convinced me you have a inherent distrust of LEOs. I know there are mistakes and overzealous LEO with a commando style mentality. I'm not defending that, as a matter of fact, I think I was pointing out possible problems with how this warrant was served. And if an innocent homeowner was shot while apparently defending his family from what they thought was a violent break in due to the US marshals not identifying themselves then I hope they are sued. You are right that there are too many accidents, but we do not know if this was one of them, yet.

  • I am not who you think I am Jan 21, 2011

    jasonschmit. downtown Durham is a great reason to exersise my CCW rights. The officers of the DPD appreciate my concern for the safety of my wife when i'm there to pick her up and have no problem. They admit freely the problems in Durham and how they don't have the resources to combat it.

    you have no idea who I am

  • cth1 Jan 21, 2011

    This is why people need to READ the articlebefore you make unintelligent comments.-they dont even know if the person they shot is the person they were after. (which leads me to believe it wasn't) So guess what, if it wasn't then there will still be a trail for the guy they were after! serious

    Ummmm...sounds like you're talking about YOURSELF!! Maybe YOU need to read the article again....they shot the person that was shooting at them...PERIOD!! No, they don't know if he's the suspect they were looking for...but, he broke the law when he decided to open fire on the police!! So...my comment still stands!!
    And...sorry....but, your writing sounds "unintelligent". :)

  • Journey985 Jan 21, 2011

    Wow, first Florida and now Durham...I REALLY hope these warrants are being served on guilty parties.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 21, 2011

    "some innocent civilian protecting their property opened fire?" - nighttrain2010

    In North Carolina, you cannot legally use deadly force to protect property. You can use deadly force to stop someone from entering your house if you fear they will kill or do great bodily harm against you.