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Officers Taken Off Patrol After Suspect Shooting

Posted January 2, 2008

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— Two Durham police officers were placed on administrative duty Wednesday following the shooting death of a suspect in a weekend burglary.

Officers D.F. Rosser and J. Sandoval Jr. were responding to a break-in call Saturday evening in the 500 block of Holloway Street when they found an armed man coming out of a house, police said.

The man dropped the gun when ordered to do so, but two men in a Ford Taurus parked behind the house drove at the officers, police said. One of the officers suffered minor injuries when the car hit him in the leg.

Rosser and Sandoval fired shots at the vehicle, but the driver fled down Holloway Street, police said. The Taurus struck an Isuzu SUV near Mangum Street, flipped over and collided with a Honda Accord.

The driver of the Taurus, who was identified Wednesday as Raul Riva Aldamo, 34, of Greensboro, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Wednesday that preliminary reports indicate a gunshot wound was the cause of death.

Alonzo Olmeda Castillo and Luis Campo, whose ages and addresses weren't available, were charged with first-degree burglary, kidnapping and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon in the case.

Castillo was arrested at the house on Holloway Street, and Campo was in the vehicle with Aldamo, police said. Both men were being held in the Durham County Jail on $250,000 bonds.

The case is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division.

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  • sunflowerbubbles Jan 3, 2008

    Good Job Officers, Pay back is a B* criminals, aint it! LOL... and probably the reasoning for these two guys not having an age or address given is because they are illegals... Again, Thanks for those Officers!

  • iamforjustice Jan 3, 2008

    Too much violence for me...I am going to sprinkle love dust all over the world....hiccup...

  • bobdillin123789 Jan 2, 2008

    thank goodness for officers who have the guts to do this knowing they will receive heat from their decisions. more points for the good guys!

  • skypilot-not Jan 2, 2008

    standard procedure. the cops did the right thing and we have one less dangerous thug in this world..hats off to you officers..

  • clintoflannagan Jan 2, 2008

    Sounds like the firearms training officer of Durham PD did a great job. That's a heck of a good shot by the cop(s) under extreme duress.

  • djofraleigh Jan 2, 2008

    Life and death decisions made in a split second by an individual officer in the dark of night are then judged and second guessed at leisure in a completely safe, comfortable office by people whose decision is toned by consideration of the outcome of the victims, the mood and opinion of the public, but without bother of the impact on the lives of the officer and his family.

    How do we get that small thin blue line to stand between us and those that set themselves above us and beyond the law?

  • Kingfish Jan 2, 2008

    Hopefully, the leave they are on is to give them the medals and party that they deserve. Nice shootin'.

  • bomanicous Jan 2, 2008

    a well-deserved vacation!!!

  • farkle80 Jan 2, 2008

    That's what I call gun control. Commendations all around.

  • motorfinga Jan 2, 2008

    Whenever there is a death of any human being we should advocate thorough investigations.

    If we are going to live in a law abiding society we must act civilized and human. Especially from our govt officials.

    Because the next time it could be you or your family member.

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