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Suspect sought in NCCU hit-and-run

Posted September 25, 2014

James Henry Nelson IV

— North Carolina Central University police are looking for a Durham man in connection with a hit-and-run that injured a campus police officer Wednesday night.

James Henry Nelson IV, 22, of Durham, is wanted on one count of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, which happened on campus around 7:30 p.m. at Lawson Street and South Alston Avenue.

NCCU's interim police chief, Willie Bell, said Thursday that two police officers approached a Dodge Charger in the area because it was illegally parked. When they asked the driver for identification, he drove off, hitting one of the officers.

That officer, who was treated and released from a local hospital, then fired his gun, Bell said. His name has not been released.

Nelson is neither a current nor former student, a university spokeswoman said.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact NCCU's police department at 919-530-6106 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Meanwhile Thursday, the case had some questioning the officers' response of gunfire.

"I feel like it was unnecessary, because people do live here," said Ariana Peterson. "If somebody would have been walking or if he had stumbled, he could have hit someone, and someone could have gotten hurt."

Bell said that his department is investigating the officer's actions to determine if he followed policy in the situation. He said that there are rules that prohibit firing into a moving vehicle, but he wouldn't say if the officer did.

"No students, faculty or staff were ever in any danger because they are our key priority," Bell said.


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  • 678devilish Sep 26, 2014

    Praying that they find this man and put him behind bars for a long while.

  • Bullcity34 Sep 26, 2014

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    Yep catering to criminals now. Way to go libs

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 26, 2014

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    No he drive a deadly weapon at him, what's the difference?

  • Larry Price Sep 26, 2014
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    Did the man in the car fire a weapon at the policeman? I think the assault with a deadly weapon refers to the car he was driving.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 26, 2014

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    Sounds like it's open season on cops in Durham and they can't do anything about it. Thanks Mayor and the city council for empowering the criminals.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 26, 2014

    Notice that the photo of James Henry Nelson IV is a mug shot. So why not report on past convections it would be very relevant information?

  • euimport1 Sep 26, 2014

    I'm with the police! can't return fire on a criminal? screwed up world we live in. good is bad and bad is good.

  • pipcolt Sep 26, 2014

    So if an officer is walking on the street and a car drives by and opens fire on him the officer is not allowed to fire back because it is a moving car. BS

  • Bullcity34 Sep 26, 2014

    Good work officer. Speedy recovery for you

  • notexactly Sep 26, 2014

    look at the dude! All full of attitude. Wonder why?