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SBI to Probe Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted April 9, 2008
Updated April 10, 2008

— The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting in Durham.

Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said officers received a call at 2:58 p.m. Wednesday about a suicidal man, identified Thursday as Richard Tandy, 46.

Officers arrived at 1306 W. Chapel Hill St. to find the man with a shotgun placed under his chin. He refused to drop the gun and locked himself inside the residence.

Police called the department's Hostage Negotiation Team and Selective Enforcement Team to the scene. About 45 minutes after the call, Master Officer R.A. Godley shot the man.

According to a preliminary investigation, Michael said, the man came out of the residence at about 3:40 p.m. and pointed a gun at officers.

Godley, a member of the Selective Enforcement Team, fired one shot, striking the man in the chest. The man was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.

An SBI investigation is a standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.


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  • anonemoose Apr 10, 2008

    Sounds like an Ops Report for Attempted Suicide by Cop, a to and from memo, and see ya tomorrow.

    Oh, btw, do you need another round of ammo?

  • SuperNupe Apr 10, 2008

    10-22 lizard's comment...

  • leo-nc Apr 10, 2008

    "Go 10-8 with a CAD entry."

    hahhaa, now that's funny right there.

  • lizard Apr 10, 2008

    Go 10-8 with a CAD entry.

  • clintoflannagan Apr 9, 2008

    Sounds like pretty good work by the cops to me. One shot, center of mass, when a dude is waving around a shotgun. Can't get much more efficient than that.

  • OnDaRoof Apr 9, 2008

    Shouldn't have pointed his gun at the Police...good job DPD. Glad you guys went home safe....

  • oldschooltarheel Apr 9, 2008

    They need the SBI over in Vance County to investigate that Sheriff & his "blistered" daughter! Think it'll happen? Wonder who owes a favor to the Sheriff?

  • CrewMax Apr 9, 2008

    Oh great...the SBI? Stephen Scott Thornton can tell you where this
    one is going. Where is Geraldo Rivera when you need him?