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Bike owner: 'Really scary' to think alleged thief later tangled with police, shot K9

Posted March 31, 2021 11:34 a.m. EDT
Updated March 31, 2021 6:24 p.m. EDT

— Durham police arrested a 21-year-old man and charged him with shooting a police K9 Tuesday afternoon.

Trey Deshawn Christie, of Durham, was wanted in a break-in March 29 on Willard Street in which a bicycle worth $2,540 was stolen.

The bike owner, who did not want to give her name, said it was the third time she had a bike stolen. Her bicycle was stolen in September and a replacement arrived about a month ago.

"My bike and my fiance’s bike were locked up together, and both of those bikes are what were stolen early Monday morning," she said.

Both bikes were in a storage room at her apartment complex.

"There was a person in our complex who actually took photos of the suspect who took the bikes in our parking garage, so it’s really scary to think about," the bike owner said.

Those photos have been shared with police.

"I’m happy that they caught the person just for future Durham residents and the safety of their bikes and personal property," she said. "I’m just hoping since our bikes were just recently stolen that we’re able to get them back."

Police were looking for Christie in connection with the bike thefts when he evaded arrest and, in the chase that followed, shot the dog, known as Daro.

"When that dog is shot, it isn’t the same as an officer being shot, but it is pretty close," said Larry Smith, a retired deputy of DPD and spokesman for the Durham Fraternal Order of Police.

Christie was charged with assault on a law enforcement animal inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting, delaying and obstructing a government official and discharging a firearm within the city limits for his actions on Tuesday. He also faces charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense in the bike theft.

He had no prior criminal record.

After Daro was shot and rushed to surgery at Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, police searched an area around Maplewood Cemetery west of downtown Durham before taking Christie into custody.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Christie shot Daro in the mouth.

He was being held Wednesday in the Durham County Jail without bond on a federal detainer.

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