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Durham Shooting Victim Disputes Police Version Of Events

Posted April 8, 2004

— There are conflicting reports about a

recent shooting that involved a Durham police officer.

Marlon Williams said he was obeying commands to drop his gun and lie down when Officer D.A. Gaither opened fire.

Gaither shot Williams in the thigh, reportedly after Williams refused his order to lie down on the ground.

The shooting happened Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Durham Hilton on Hillsborough Road.

Gaither is on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation investigates the shooting, which is standard procedure in shootings involving officers.

Williams was treated at Duke Hospital for his injury.

Upon his medical release, Williams was charged with assault with a deadly weapon upon a government official and resisting and delaying a public officer.

Bond was set at $100,000.

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