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Man with knife shot, killed by Durham police

Posted July 27, 2013

— A man who refused to drop a knife was shot and killed by a Durham police officer Saturday morning in the 800 block of Park Avenue, a police spokeswoman said. 

Officers responding to a stabbing call in the 700 block of Park Avenue about 8:30 a.m. found a man who had been cut on the face. He was bleeding heavily. 

"This morning I heard about four gunshots that woke me up around 8:30 this morning. Cops were running around putting caution tape up everywhere," said neighbor Harmony Wallert. 

While investigating the stabbing, officers located another man, about a block away who was holding a knife.

"He got the knife and started arguing with police and they shoot him," said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous.

The man was shot by police after refusing to drop the knife.

"I'm concerned because he's a quiet person. He's never had trouble with nobody," the neighbor said. 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.

"It's just been crazy. We've had CSI here...neighbors been asking what's going on..kids had to go inside...across the street they had the neighbors pillars barricaded..they couldn't even leave their front door," Wallert said.

The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No other details about the stabbing have been released.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting. Authorities blocked off several streets while conducting their investigation.


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  • oriqinalqueen5 Aug 1, 2013

    I heard that the guy was Hispanic && didn't understand what the cops were telling him so he didn't drop the knife and cops shot him , this should be investigate good