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Man shot by Durham officer dies

Posted March 19, 2009

— A man shot early Thursday by a Durham police officer died about 14 hours after the confrontation.

Police hadn't determined the man's identity before he died at Duke University Hospital Thursday afternoon.

Police responded to a "disturbance with a weapon" call at about 2 a.m. at an apartment complex at 1700 Hillcrest Drive after several people called 911 and reported hearing shots.

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An officer patrolling nearby radioed that he heard eight to nine shots and asked for backup, police said.

Officers J.R. Broadwell and F.R. Cook went to the back side of the apartment complex on Sedgefield Street and saw a man armed with a gun come around the side of the building, police said.

"The man pointed a gun at Officer Broadwell, according to a preliminary investigation, and Officer Broadwell shot him when he failed to drop the gun," Police Chief Jose Lopez said.

Steven Capraun, who lives in the neighborhood, said he was awakened by the sound of gunfire.

"It was like boom, boom, boom, like that," Capraun said. "I knew what it was. I hear (gunshots) all the time."

Police have responded to at least eight calls in the area involving guns or gunfire, as well as one shooting, in the last year.

Lopez said the investigation hasn't found that Broadwell, who's been with the Durham Police Department for 10 years, did anything wrong.

"I've seen nothing, at this point, that would indicate anything different," he said.

State Bureau of Investigation agents and the police department’s Professional Standards Division are investigating the shooting. SBI involvement is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

Broadwell and Cook were placed on administrative duty with pay, pending the results of the SBI investigation. Such moves are standard procedure.

Lopez said the Broadwell and Cook were trying to process what happened in the incident.

"It's a situation where these officers are placed in life-threatening situations. They have to take actions that are going to impact them no matter what action they take," he said.


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  • djohns505 Mar 19, 2009

    What a stupid headline. WRAL needs to leave their anti-police attitude at the door.

  • oldfirehorse Mar 19, 2009

    "As well as he realizes he did what he had to, .....he'll live with a scar from which the pain never completely subsides. The support and respect from the people he protects will help more than anything." - Rob --- No truer words spoken on this blog!

  • Rob Mar 19, 2009

    Chances are the officer prevented future murders; something our court system cares nothing about.

    As well as he realizes he did what he had to, and as much as he's trained to maintain his composure, as good as his counselers are, etc, he'll live with a scar from which the pain never completely subsides. The support and respect from the people he protects will help more than anything.

  • oldfirehorse Mar 19, 2009

    Thank you, WRAL, for changing the slang word cop to officer in the new headline. In such a serious news report it is certainly more appropriate and most likely would have gotten just as much readership if you had used "officer" the first go round, without the negative connotation.

  • bomanicous Mar 19, 2009

    Good job officer I wouldn't want to have to make that decision.

    It bothers me that there's no report supporting the officer in a way but that also makes me believe the officer did everything right since there's no witnesses making claims or speculation from reporters to turn on the officer. If we've learned anything it's the media and the supporters of crime will try to turn the table on the police at the slightest opening they can expose.

  • LEOsprtr Mar 19, 2009

    I will never understand why some people choose to criticize police officers when they do their job. For minimal pay they go out and protect law abiding citizens and when they have to take actions to protect themselves some people want to find fault. I commend the officers for doing what they had to do to make it home safely to their families, and I am pleased to see that only a few people on here have criticized the tough decision the officers made. For those who found fault with that decision you obviously have never had a loved one who is a police officer that walks towards danger when the rest of the world runs the other way. Please know that pulling the trigger is not usually an easy choice for a police officer. If pushed to that extreme, then you can almost always guarantee that it is what that officer had to do to ensure that they make it home to their loved ones.

  • Suasponte Mar 19, 2009

    The man with the gun determined his fate. Great job officers.

  • johnny2times Mar 19, 2009

    Outstanding job Officer!....

  • sandhillsk9 Mar 19, 2009