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Shot fired at Durham officer's home

Posted December 29, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014

Durham Police Department

— A Durham police officer’s home was damaged after it was shot at Monday afternoon, the department said.

The officer, who was not identified, was inside his home at the Atrium Apartments on Meriwether Drive at about 2 p.m. when the outer pane of his dining room sliding glass door was shattered, police said. The projectile did not enter the apartment.

“It is not known if the officer’s apartment was specifically targeted,” the department said. “At this point, investigators are trying to determine if the weapon was a pellet gun or a real gun.”

The officer looked out a window and saw a man running into the woods behind his apartment, police said. A detailed description of the suspect was not available.

Monday’s incident is the second shooting related occurrence in recent days involving a Durham officer.

Officer J.T. West was sitting in his patrol car on Lakeland Street near Truman Street on Thursday when two men approached his vehicle from behind. As West exited his vehicle to speak to the men, one of them pulled out a gun and began firing, police said. Six shots were fired at West, who fired two rounds in return, police said.

It was not immediately known if West wounded either of the men. West injured his wrist when he dove behind a staircase at a vacant apartment building. He was treated and released from a hospital.

West and the two men never exchanged words, police said.


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  • HeBlessesMe Dec 30, 2014

    LOVEBELLE99: No alleged race card actually exist, just so you know. And just as an FYI, what you see in the news are the crimes committed by the black community. It doesn't mean that white people, Asians, Latinos, etc don't commit the same types of crimes. It's just more important to report on the black community because it allows for a frenzy like this forum. But unfortunately, there has been a lot of reporting of black people being killed by police officers. Call the deceased which ever name you would like, but I cannot truly call anyone a "criminal" when they were not convicted by a jury of their peers or a judge. Regardless of how the situation unfolded, that's the purpose of the justice system.

    And someone please describe to me.....or anyone else, what a "t**g" looks like? (I'm not allowed to use the actual word, but you know what it is)

  • HeBlessesMe Dec 30, 2014

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    How? Did they tell these men to open fire on officers? Oh I get it, "If I had a son," right? Well, I do have a son and he is black. I tell him to respect and fear police at the same time and he is only 5. I've had to change my stance, unfortunately, and my uncle was a police chief in my home state. I have other family members who are officers and they still express the same sentiment. You ever think the crooked officers that get off scott free are the reasons why the GOOD officers are being targeted? Not all cops are bad.

    Respond all you want, as it will go without review by me.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 30, 2014

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    Don't forget WRAL and the other liberal, anti police, media outlets. They own a great share in this fiasco.

  • lovebelle99 Dec 30, 2014

    Letsbefair: do not EVER vote for liberal socialists who protest for criminals like Obama & Holder & this will not continue to happen as much. Remain vigilent against the hypocrisy of liberalism that supports racists like Al Sharpton who has been to the white house 81 times now to hang out with our Prez & has his own program time on MSNBC! That is how far American has sunk.

  • davidhartman Dec 30, 2014

    I sat at a bar at the Charlotte airport yesterday & a young black man next to me was speaking on his phone using the N word like it was going out of style. People were upset and moved away & the bartender told him to cool it.

    So hypocritical

    I almost said something, but didn't want to miss my connection if things got ugly.

  • LetsBeFair Dec 30, 2014

    In my lifetime I would never believe we'd have a vocally divisive president that has fueled a dangerous environment to our protectors, and is then not only absent of responsibility but irresponsibility absent altogether.

  • busyb97 Dec 30, 2014

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    This generation doesn't know much about them I'm sure. They are too self-absorbed with their own so called problems (many of them self-inflicted or the result of their own choices...NOT due to someone else doing something TO them).

    "Respect" and "responsibility" are lost on this generation. If it wasn't, then they wouldn't be so quick to defend criminals over the very people protecting them! If the LEOs weren't in their neighborhoods, they'd be screaming "racist" there too!

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 30, 2014

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  • lovebelle99 Dec 30, 2014

    98% of all these crimes we see on WRAL & around the nation are committed by black folks. A lot of these are hate crimes which are never reported as such & I have tried to bring attention to this here in the nicest way possible hoping that the black community can get organized & do something about this epidemic & save lives. Protesting for criminals & denial is not helping at all. It is time for Obama, Holder, Barber, Sharpton, etc to stop playing the race & victim card & actually tackle the real problem.

  • oneday8035 Dec 30, 2014

    So the chicken ran instead of face what he did like a man. So typical. Too bad the cop didn't just shoot back and ask questions later. That is where we are heading so get ready.