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Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Durham Drive-By

Posted July 18, 2007

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— Durham police arrested a suspect in a drive-by shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy in late June.

Police said they took Jasmond Jevon “Catfish” Rogers, 28, of 1309 Tucker Street, into custody late Tuesday. Acting on a tip, officers from the Selective Enforcement Team set up outside a room at the Carolina Duke Motor Inn at 2517 Guess Road.

Rogers came out of the room and fired several shots at officers, police said. Officers returned fire, but Rogers was taken into custody without anyone being injured, they reported.

Police investigators charged Rogers a week ago with murder in the June 25 drive-by shooting that killed Quincy Bowens, 15, of Chapel Hill. Bowens was visiting relatives in the Cornwallis neighborhood.

Bowens died at Duke University Hospital shortly after he was shot while standing on the porch of his aunt's apartment at 2427-B S. Roxboro St.

Family members said he pushed his 2-year-old niece into the apartment when the shooting began, but could not get out of the way himself.

"He saved my baby, basically. He pushed her in the house before he could get in," said Tina Alston, Bowen's aunt.

Investigators have not established a motive for the shooting, police said. They said Rogers and Bowens did not know each other.

Police said Rogers has nearly two dozen convictions since 1995, most of which were drug- and assault-related. He was held without bond Wednesday. His first court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.