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Durham police chief's car hit by gunfire

Posted April 29, 2010

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— Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said someone fired a shot at his car Thursday afternoon as he was driving.

Lopez said he wasn't injured in the incident, which occurred near the intersection of South Roxboro and Dillard streets.

Jose Lopez shooting Police chief unhurt in shooting

Lt. Mark Sykes of the Durham Police Department said Lopez was headed to a leadership conference at the Durham County Detention Center when he heard a noise that he thought was a car backfiring.

People in two vehicles were exchanging gunfire, and one shot hit the windshield of Lopez's unmarked car on the passenger side, Sykes said.

”He’s doing good, to have just been shot at like that. He’s doing fine,” Sykes said of Lopez.

Investigators don't know how many people were in the two vehicles involved in the shooting, Sykes said.

One vehicle fled the scene. An unidentified person in the bullet-riddled second car was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the back, Sykes said.

No charges have been filed in the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • wildcat Apr 30, 2010

    Not really news. But glad the officer was not hurt.

  • Mugu Apr 30, 2010

    I am not surprised... Welcome to Durham.

  • Journey985 Apr 30, 2010

    Chief had been too busy approving all those overtime requests that he forgot there is more crime to deal with out in the streets. Glad he is ok, hope they catch the shooters, but seriously, I hope this serves as a SERIOUS wake up call to the chief that more needs to be done in Durham.

  • issymayake Apr 30, 2010

    Folks can certainly feel free to stay out of our downtown area; more tickets to Wicked and beer at the Bulls game for me!

    BTW, Raleighites, remember to discipline your bad middle school kids. And remember to snitch on your weed-growing neighbors. :)

  • ncken1 Apr 29, 2010

    Poetic Justice!!!

  • 911gal Apr 29, 2010

    All I have to say is: Well said, TH...well said.

  • Boogalooboy Apr 29, 2010

    just another day in paradise.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 29, 2010

    "Durham police chief's car hit by gunfire"

    Yeah.... So.... odds were it would happen eventually.

  • meh2 Apr 29, 2010

    Funny? Embarrassing? How about pathetic. My guess is that there is an astounding level of corruption on the force, otherwise there might be some actual crime fighting going on. A shoot out in broad daylight? Welcome to Durham, chief, hope you leave soon. You are ineffective and need to be replaced with someone who can do the job.

  • peacebee Apr 29, 2010

    Thanks TH...I appreciate you and the DPD, and the Chief for all you do.

    Durham is a great place, and those who feel it is unsafe are sadly blind and disgruntled. I have lived here for over 10 years, and run alone after dark, love downtown Durham (Brightleaf, American Tobacco, DPAC, Carolina Theater, etc...)enjoy the Eno, Duke Gardens...the list goes on. I am very thankful that he is ok!