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Durham Police Investigate Break-in, Fatal Collision

Posted December 29, 2007
Updated December 30, 2007

— Durham police were investigating an incident that started as a break-in in progress call shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday on Holloway Street and ended with a fatal collision.

Officers were dispatched to a house break-in call in the 500 block of Holloway Street at 5:54 p.m. When they arrived, they encountered several people in a car and at least one person armed with a handgun who came out of a house.

The driver attempted to leave the scene and, according to initial reports, the vehicle came toward officers. Officers fired on the vehicle, but the driver fled down Holloway Street.

A short time later, the vehicle – a Ford Taurus – was involved in a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of Morgan and Mangum streets. One male in the Taurus was pronounced dead at the scene, but the cause of death was under investigation.

A second male believed to have been in the Ford Taurus was apprehended by officers a few minutes later on Mangum Street and taken to Duke Hospital for treatment. His condition was not known Sunday afternoon.

The accident was under investigation by officers from the Traffic Services Unit. The State Bureau of Investigation and the police department's Professional Standards Division were investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure.


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  • tryton77 Dec 30, 2007

    Question is, Was this another pursuit that ended with someone being killed? Seems to me that cops is quick to pull their weapons and uses them when they are being threatened, but not so fast to use their car as a weapon to end a pursuit that threatens innocent people in the community.

  • anneonymousone Dec 30, 2007

    X, that's worse than being an armchair quarterback. I hope you never have to face a split-second decision that requires you to protect people and property while following dozens of regulations, knowing that everything you do may mean the difference between life and death.

    And, in all fairness, I hope I never have to, either.

  • x Dec 30, 2007

    I think the Durham cops need to go back to the pistol range. That criminal should have been stopped at the first crime scene.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Dec 30, 2007

    "Durham has NO more crime than Raleigh in general, except for the murders."

    Well, THAT's comforting to know!


  • davidgnews Dec 30, 2007

    One less criminal !

  • Blessyourheart Dec 30, 2007

    Wow, in Durham? You don't say.

  • Titus Pullo Dec 30, 2007

    "Raleigh — A Raleigh man was stabbed to death for apparently spilling beer on another man at a Raleigh nightclub, the victim's father said Friday."

    Raleigh is no Eden.

  • djofraleigh Dec 30, 2007

    Was it a fatal collision or a gunshot? Did the man coming out of the house with a handgun, get in the car before it drove off, at the officer? If not, where is the person with the handgun? Was that the homeowner?

    There's a thin blue line of lawmen between a growingly large number of people -- who would, and could, take away your security, safety, property & life -- and the rest of us.

    Does anyone wonder how people who don't work, or live far above their visible means, do that? Where does the money come from? As they say, follow the money.

    Durham has NO more crime than Raleigh in general, except for the murders. It is just that murder is so...final...and irreversible.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Dec 30, 2007

    ""At least the Durham taxpayers were saved the cost of one (and maybe two) criminals being housed, clothed, and fed on the county dime.""


    Community policing at its best. Bravo!


  • retired and luv it Dec 30, 2007

    Wow what a city. Wral needs a section just for Durham murders so you can quickly scan without having to go to multiple sources. I can t believe there is a city so totally out of control in NC