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Durham Man Shot During Confrontation With Police

Posted June 21, 2004

— A Durham man was shot in the leg by police early Sunday after several shots were fired at officers responding to a call at Colonial Apartments on Chapel Hill Road.

The officers were not injured.

The man, identified as Jose Angel Morales, 44, of 2920 Chapel Hill Road, Apt. 75-C, was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his upper right thigh. He was in serious but stable condition with a non-life-threatening injury.

Morales has been charged with three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Officers responded at 3:05 a.m. Sunday to a call about a loud party and disturbance with weapons at 2920 Chapel Hill Road, Apt. 89-D. When officers arrived, they saw several people standing on the steps to the apartment and the front door open.

As three officers approached the front door, a man sitting on a sofa inside the apartment fired three shots in the direction of the officers.

The officers took cover, and the man ran out the back of the apartment.

The man, identified by police as Morales, fired several more shots at the officers, and they fired back, striking him in the leg.

Officers recovered a .357-caliber handgun at the scene.

Alcohol appears to have been a factor in the incident.

Officers M.G. Blake, N.M. Schneider and J.A. Fredrick have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The incident is under investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, which is also standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.

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