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Reward Increased in Durham Police Shooting

Posted October 15, 2007

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— A total of $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted in the shooting of a Durham police officer in September.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced a reward of $2,500 on Monday. That is in addition to another reward of $2,500 being offered by the Durham Crime Stoppers.

Authorities are searching for Kevin Burnett "K.J." Johnson, 27, of Concord Street. He is known to frequent Concord Street, Martha Street, Baycreek Apartments at 1309 Hudson Avenue, Belmont Drive and the Cornwallis Road housing community.

Police said Johnson was involved in a break-in at 1410-A Cherrycrest Drive on the night of Sept. 23. Officer D.B. Vereen confronted two suspects at the back of the house, and they fired on him.

Vereen was shot in the back and the arm. He was treated at Duke University Hospital and is recovering.

Johnson is charged with second-degree burglary, aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

One suspect, David Wendale Williams, 22, was arrested after a 90-minute standoff at house in Burlington on Sept. 28. Elwanda Robertson, of Durham, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact of a felony.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to call Sgt. Jack Cates at 919-560-4440, ext. 262, Investigator G.S. Bryant at 916-560-4582, ext. 233 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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