Man shot by officer in Durham standoff dies
Posted September 17, 2013
Updated September 18, 2013
Durham, N.C. — A man waving a gun and shouting in a downtown Durham plaza was shot by police Tuesday after an hourlong standoff. He died at the hospital a short time later.
In WRAL video from the scene, the man appears to say "shoot me" repeatedly while pointing his gun in the direction of police.
His name was not released.
Officers responded to reports of an "apparently distraught" man with a gun near the bronze bull sculpture on Corcoran Street around 4:20 p.m., police said. After about an hour of attempting to negotiate with him, the man pointed his gun at police and one officer fired at him.
That officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the shooting, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.
Several streets remained closed in the area Tuesday night, including Parrish, Market, Rigsbee, Foster and Corcoran, while authorities continue their investigation.