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Shooting in Durham stemmed from arrest of alleged peeper

Posted March 21, 2016 5:18 a.m. EDT
Updated March 21, 2016 5:20 p.m. EDT

— The scuffle that led to the shooting of a Durham police officer in the predawn hours of Monday morning stemmed from the arrest of a man on secret peeping charges, police said.

The accused, Danny Lee McMillen, 44, of Durham, was picked up at about 3 a.m. near his home on Lake Village Drive, about an hour after a report of a peeper on Chesden Drive, police said.

According to neighbors, the house where he was peeping is home to his ex-wife and two children.

Officer Turner was taking handcuffs off McMillen in the booking ares of the Durham County jail when, according to a police spokeswoman, he saw McMillen reach for a gun in the back of his waistband.

Police have not said whether McMillen was patted down before he was cuffed or why officers didn't notice he had a weapon.

As the two wrestled, McMillen was able to get off a single shot, which grazed Turner in the abdomen.

Turner was treated at an area hospital and released. McMillen was not injured.

He was charged with misdemeanor secret peeping, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon by a prisoner and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

McMillen was being held in the jail Monday afternoon under a $505,000 bond.