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Employee killed in Durham gas station robbery; suspect shot by police

Posted July 4, 2015

— Durham police charged a 26-year-old man Saturday afternoon after investigators say he killed an employee of a gas station on North Roxboro Street during an early-morning robbery.

Officers were called to the Joy Food Mart, at 2109 N. Roxboro St., at about 12:45 a.m., and when they arrived they heard shots inside the business and saw Dmarlo Johnson leaving the store.

Officers shot Johnson, of Durham, after he pointed his weapon at them, according to a police department spokesperson.

After the shooting, officers found Amer Mahmood, 48, of Durham, dead inside the store.

​Investigators have not released more details about the shooting, but Moby Chaudhary, the owner of the store, said Johnson shot Mahmood twice, the first time after he was given cash from the register.

Chaudhary also said he thinks Johnson lives in the area and frequented the store, one of three Chaudhary owns in Durham.

Chaudhary said Mahmood worked long hours in hopes of bringing his two children, ages 10 and 13, from Arizona to Durham.

"All he talked about what his children," Chaudhary said. "He was trying to save some money. He worked double shifts because he needed the money."

Following the shooting, Johnson was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was taken to the Durham County jail early Saturday, where he is being held without bond.

The officers involved were placed on administrative leave with pay. Their names have also not been released.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham Police Department's Professional Standards Division and Criminal Investigations Division are also investigating the incident, which is also standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.

North Roxboro Street was closed for several hours following the shooting between Avondale Drive and Club Boulevard.


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  • Barbra White Jul 8, 2015
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    So...this is what we have become? This is not about race...this about the life of a hardworking man who would have given his last dime to help anyone. It'd about his children who now have no father. A father that adored and cared for them above all else and worked long hours in hopes to see them again. This is what is wrong with society today, focusing on the criminal instead of the victim. It sickens me. Makes me glad I mo longer live in NC,honestly. If anyone is truly interested in helping the family of this innocent victim, there is an account to help with his final expenses gofundme.com/foramerskids otherwise, continue to wallow in the cesspool of finger-pointing and petty rationalizations. I'm done.

  • Dan May Jul 6, 2015
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    I would like to know the race of the police officers that shot this poor man! Didn't they read the statements "justice fighters" elegantly sprayed on Silent Sam over the weekend? No justice no peace.

    Oh, the hard working young man cold bloodedly murdered while doing his job? Well yes, that was tragic but....

  • Richard Hertz Jul 6, 2015
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    Fire those police officers NOW! black lives matter. We don't care about the gas station attendant he is non black. Hope this misunderstood black man gets some help to straighten his life out.

  • Charlie Watkins Jul 5, 2015
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    Will the officers be disciplined for shooting the person who killed the employee?

    That is the question.

  • Latoya Hudley Jul 4, 2015
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    I remember going to that gas station a few months ago. I was reluctant because I always saw the most shadiest people hanging around that place, but I needed gas. I remember asking Mahmood for directions because I wasn't familiar with Durham. Felt uneasy the whole time there. Never went back and always used the gas station across the street. RIP to Mahmood, I am not surprised this tragedy happened.

  • Melvin Odom Jul 4, 2015
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    Well I think the police need to send the officers back to gun training and teach to to make it a kill shot not just wound them where we as tax payers have to support them.

  • John Jones Jul 4, 2015
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    I agree Belinda Warrick. It only is worthy of noting the race of the involved if the shooter or aggressor is NON BLACK. So sickening and I am tired of it. I like how they tried to tie George Zimmerman to the white race. Listed him as a White Hispanic. REALLY??? Does that mean Barrack Obama is the first Caucasian African president?

  • Derril Salter Jul 4, 2015
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    I made a trip to Richmond in 1969 and every gas station operator on Midlothian Turnpike was packing a .38 at night. Maybe it's time for convenience stores that choose to stay open all night to take a lesson from that and gun stores who strap one on as well.

  • Jae'lin Crowder Jul 4, 2015
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    This clown killed somebody's father over pocket change.My prayers go out to the family....EXPECIALLY the children!

  • John Jones Jul 4, 2015
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    Another black crime in America. When will Obama and the new AG speak out about this?