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2 Charged With Shooting Durham Officer; 1 in Custody

Posted September 28, 2007
Updated September 29, 2007

— Authorities in Burlington on Friday arrested one man wanted for shooting a Durham police officer, taking him into custody after a standoff at a house. They were searching for a second suspect on Saturday morning.

Durham police officer D.B. Vereen was shot in the back and arm while responding to a break-in in progress at 1410-A Cherrycrest Drive on Sunday night.

Authorities received information Friday afternoon that David Wendale Williams, 22, of Normandy Street in Durham, was in a house at 1017 S. Church St. in Burlington.

The Burlington Police Department's Special Response Team surrounded the house and negotiated with Williams for 90 minutes. Officers fired six rounds of tear gas into the house, and Williams surrendered.

Kevin Burnett “K.J.” Johnson, 24, of Concord Street in Durham, was still at large. He is known to frequent the areas of Concord Street, Martha Street, the Baycreek Apartments at 1309 Hudson Avenue, Belmont Drive and the Cornwallis Road housing community, Durham police said.

Both men are charged with second-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Williams is being held at the Durham County jail under a $1 million bond.

Vereen was shot after confronting the suspects at the back of the house. He was taken to Duke University Hospital and was released Monday.

South Church Street in Burlington was shut down during the standoff.

Agencies involved in identifying the two and tracking down Williams included the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Burlington Police Department, Durham Crime Stoppers and various Durham Police Department units, officials said.

Durham Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to arrests in the case. Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips.

Anyone with information on Johnson's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200, Sgt. Jack Cates at 919-560-4440, ext. 262 or Investigator G.S. Bryant at 919-560-4440, ext. 246.


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  • NC Tar Heel Law Sep 30, 2007

    Storyteller you said the "... if its white on black crime its racism..." Will as a police report it is not. When a crime becomes a hate crime, or racism in the eyes of the law, it’s when a hate group like the KKK or the Black Panthers commits a crime as a group. Let’s say the KKK starts fights at a M.L.K. march in downtown Raleigh for an exp.

    Now I am a Police Officer and I love my job. And I would like to thank all of you for showing your support for Officer D.B. Vereen. A lot of your comments touch my heart and make me love the job that I do. Because ever day we have to face people that hate us, people who love to kill us, (Like the MS 13 street gang) Thank you for are support and the kind words. And remember, I will always keep my Oath to you all.

    Thank you
    NC LawRanger

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Sep 29, 2007

    If found guilty, "an eye for an eye".
    What else will deter senseless crime?

  • Tax Man Sep 29, 2007

    This second punk needs to turn himself in and take what is due him. Why would you shoot a police officer? These guys have no common sense and no respect for others. They are the creme of the crop. They need to be taken down and locked in a pen like a rabid dog. Race has nothing to do with it - it is just plain evil people who have absolutely no responsibility. If "KJ" doesn't turn himself in pretty soon he is going to die - every LEO in the state (and beyond) is looking for him. Give it up dude - your life is over!

  • casp3r Sep 29, 2007

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  • minpinmommy Sep 29, 2007

    Idiots! I'm sorry. Just work for what you want. Stop breaking in to everyones home trying to take other ppl's mess!
    That goes for ALL races.
    I mean, what in the world is wrong with folks these days, really?
    I don't have everything I want in life, but I am darn sure not going to go break in and steal it! That is a pretty wimpy way to get what you want, yes?
    I mean, C'mon! I started off waitressing...trying to learn different skills so I could move up in the world. Now, finally at age 30, I am working 2 jobs to pay for my college that I am also attending while working two jobs.
    Just get off your tails and WORK to make money! Stop taking other peoples hard earned treasures because you are too sorry to earn them yourselves!
    Maybe it is something in your brain that triggers ignorant acts? Maybe, I am just lucky not to have the "killing instinct" that would make it OK to shoot at another human being. **OR maybe, just maybe, ppl would rather get what they want for free?

  • dogsrule12cheek Sep 29, 2007

    Good I am glad they got one now just waiting for the next,,,

    I am glad the officer is ok!!

  • gopanthers Sep 29, 2007

    jhnewman stated -I do not take kindly to anyone who badmouths a Law Enforcement Officer

    I couldn't agree with you more. I'm with you. Funny how those people that do dis-respect Law Enforcement will be the first one to make that call,, (go forbid) should something happen to them or a loved one.

  • mrtwinturbo Sep 29, 2007

    The estimate for the number of genes in humans has decreased as our knowledge has increased. As of 2001, humans are thought to have between 30,000 and 40,000 genes. And I think that people that do this type of thing have even less, or is that these genes seems to switch off in order for them to kill....

  • wlfpak03 Sep 29, 2007

    seankelly15 - By the way - I am not certain if they were in Durham or not, BUT I DO KNOW - they did comment on the story a number of times! What, you don't recall that?

  • All child molesters should die Sep 29, 2007

    I'm just glad that officer Vereen didn't die. This could have been much worse.