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Police: Robber grabbed cash before shooting Durham store clerk four times

Posted July 10, 2015

Dmarlo Johnson appears in court on July 6, 2015. He is accused of fatally shooting a Durham convenience store clerk during a robbery.
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— A Durham convenience store clerk killed last weekend was shot four times after he turned over the money in the store's cash register to a robber, according to a police report released Friday.

The Durham Police Department issued the so-called five-day report because officers shot the suspected robber, Dmarlo Johnson. The department's standard procedure in officer-involved shootings is to release preliminary information about the shooting within five business days.

According to the report, two people called 911 to report a robbery at Joy Food Mart, at 2109 N. Roxboro St., at about 12:45 a.m. on July 4. A man with a shirt pulled up over his face brandished a handgun as he walked in the store and ordered about a half-dozen customers out, the callers said.

Officers Cornell Richards and Joshua Conser arrived on the scene within minutes, and video from the dashboard camera in a patrol car shows them confronting the suspected robber as he left the store. The man pulled a gun from his waistband, pointed it at the officers and refused to drop it when ordered, according to the report.

Witnesses said the robber then fired at the two officers and ran into Roxboro Street as they returned fire. He was wounded in his left collarbone, left knee and left foot, and his upper left arm was grazed by a bullet, according to the report. Police recovered a 9 millimeter handgun nearby.

Officers went inside the store and found clerk Amer Mahmood, 48, of Durham, dead behind the counter.

Security camera footage from the store showed that Mahmood placed the cash drawer from the register on the counter and put his hands up when the robber came in and demanded money. The robber went behind the counter and then shot Mahmood three times, including once after he had collapsed on the floor, before grabbing the money and some cigarettes and leaving, the report states.

After dropping the money and cigarettes in his car, the robber is seen on security video returning to grab more cigarettes, shoot Mahmood a fourth time, fire shots at the security cameras and threaten customers. Police confronted him as he left the second time, according to the report.

Johnson, 26, of Durham, is charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a government official. He is being held without bond in the Durham County jail.

Richards, Conser and Officer Jonathan Fullam, who also responded to the robbery and took part in the shootout with the robber, have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham Police Department's Professional Standards Division and Criminal Investigations Division into Johnson's shooting. Such actions are standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

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  • Ashley Moore Jul 12, 2015
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    You could make that same argument for people who fly the Confederate battle flag. Just because a racist INDIVIDUAL takes a picture with it and then proceeds to commit a heinous crime does not mean he represents EVERYONE who flies that flag. Just like you said, no one person is representative of an entire group.

  • Gen Lee Jul 10, 2015
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    You are exactly right. It is a double standard life we live in

  • Gen Lee Jul 10, 2015
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    I understand your point. It was a heinous crime. But people are bringing up the point about the black lives matter as saying it is bs. Like this story will go away in a few days because it has no meaning (when it does). What I'm saying is in this day and age the only thing that matters is if it is racism or something that deals with discrimination. To most people this will be just another murder on the books.
    But you do make an excellent point.

  • Nicolle Leney Jul 10, 2015
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    This is the gofundme page from the comments in a previous article:
    http://www.gofundme.com/foramerskids

    This INDIVIDUAL (Dmarlo Johnson) clearly had no respect for human life. He already had the cash and he had to have known the police were coming because he ordered the other customers out of the store. People who commit senseless acts like this should not be representative of ANY group of humans (race, religion, etc). Because this individual is LESS than human. Each of us make our own choices, and no one should be responsible for another member of their race, religion, etc. We don't need to bring up the "black lives matter" (pro OR con) every time a crime is committed. The first comment by Jewel was unnecessary and clearly just trying to start a fight. And it's not relevant. This is the case of one heartless individual senselessly taking the life of a man, a father and husband.

  • Gen Lee Jul 10, 2015
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    I understand your point, but isn't that what the left did when those 9 people were killed in Charleston?
    People on here are just saying that the Black Lives Matter is bull because this is what happens in the real world. People who work hard are killed by a low-life criminal who thought he was entitled and didn't care who he hurt.

  • Dennis Strickland Jul 10, 2015
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    I think what these people are trying to say is that they are tired of the all the violent crime that comes out of the 12 percent of the population and the hypocrisy of the government and leftwing liberals who ignore it.

  • Dan May Jul 10, 2015
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    I guess brown lives don't matter much... The employee does what is asked and gets 4 bullets in response. A least this dude got his smokes.

  • Craig Allen Jul 10, 2015
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    All lives matter. Someone apparently didn't let Dmarlo Johnson know that.

  • Craig Allen Jul 10, 2015
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    Video evidence of him murdering Amer Mahmood. He doesn't even deserve a trial. Take him directly to the death chamber.