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Durham Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted January 17, 2008

— Police were investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late Wednesday on Seven Oaks Road.

Durham police officers were working off-duty in uniform at the Carriage House Apartments on Seven Oaks Road when they were flagged down and told that a man had pointed a gun at several people, including two children, ages 4 and 8, police said.

The officers approached the man, Willard Scott Jr., 22, who had a firearm in his hand, police said. Officers ordered him several times to drop the gun, but he refused and approached the officers, police said.

One of the officers shot Scott in the leg, police said. He was treated at Duke University Hospital and then taken to the Durham County Magistrate’s office.

Scott was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, four counts of assault by pointing a gun, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver.

Bond was set at $150,000.

Officers recovered a .38-caliber revolver.

The officer who shot Scott, whose name hasn't been released, has been placed on administrative duty, pending the results of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division.


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  • nghtstarz2 Jan 17, 2008

    Great job PD! Protect the citizens and you did exactly that! Thank you for your diligence and caution on behalf of the citizens of Durham.

  • hooligan Jan 17, 2008

    If you watch how I move you'll mistake me for a playa or pemp
    Been hit wit a few shells but I dont walk wit a limp

    maybe him and fifty can rap together now.

  • thepeopleschamp Jan 17, 2008

    As of now there are only 11 comments to this article. Had these officers accidently hit someones car that night with a patrol car there would be 200+ comments from the armchair QB's.

  • wbearp Jan 17, 2008

    Great job DPD! Just remember next time, center mass!

  • bomanicous Jan 17, 2008

    Good Job!!! I can imagine a happier ending (one where the criminal never has an opportunity to hold a gun again) but this works too ...Thanks.

  • illegals--GO HOME Jan 17, 2008

    Glad these cops came out better than the two in Ga. Sounds at least like these two had some good info going into the call, where the other two were caught completely off guard and never stood a chance. Such a sad thing to lose two good officers working part-time off-duty employment to make ends meet because depts. don't pay their officers a good living wage. I always had to work two or three jobs to have anything besides just scraping by!

    Good work guys and glad you are safe!

  • Pharmboy Jan 17, 2008

    The officer shot him in the leg? The man's lucky the cop decided to shot in a non-lethal area, even though they are trained to/supposed to shot to kill when threatened. Good job PD! We need to read more of these stories than about cops doing stupid things.

  • chatamite Jan 17, 2008

    Good job.

  • OnDaRoof Jan 17, 2008

    Good job "Boys in Blue", hopefully you guys will soon get the respect you deserve....

  • GingerTea Jan 17, 2008

    he did what he had to do. glad no one else was hurt.