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Authorities Continue Search For Man Who Shot At Durham Police Cruiser

Posted March 23, 2003 10:31 a.m. EST

— Durham police continued searching Sunday night for the man they say shot at a police cruiser with an officer inside.

The incident happened Saturday night. No injuries were reported.

Durham police have an updated description of the suspect: Black male, 18 to 23 years old, 5-feet 7 inches tall, with a medium complexion and a slender build.

At the time of the shooting, the suspect was wearing dark blue jeans, a yellow T-shirt and a black hooded sweatshirt, and he was armed with a 9mm handgun.

Officer R.F. Schaub said he responded to a "shots fired" call at 923 Waring Street shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday. When he arrived, according to police, a male approached the patrol car and fired several shots. One bullet struck the rear driver'-side window of the patrol car.

Schaub reportedly returned fire. The suspect fled into the woods.

A second patrol car was damaged when it was struck in the left rear quarter panel by a vehicle fleeing the area during the gunfire. The driver of the vehicle later called 911 and reported the accident.

Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers, the Durham Police Department's mobile substation, the Durham CrimeStoppers coordinator and other police officials have been canvassing the area near Hinson and Glenbrook drives to gather more information about the incident.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at


or CrimeStoppers at


. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.