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Second Gunman From Durham Standoff Arrested

Posted May 11, 2006 3:29 a.m. EDT

— A gunman that held police at bay for more than two hours during a standoff on Wednesday, which resulted in a nearby middle school and day-care center to go on lockdown, was arrested on Thursday.

Durham police said the man, whose name was not released was arrested, but gave no other details about the arrest.

The standoff began shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when an off-duty police officer heard gunfire near

Brogden Middle School

on Leon Street and saw two men armed with guns near Ruby Street.

Officers apprehended Philip Ja'melle Jackson, 20, but the second man barricaded himself inside a laundry room at Presidential Apartments in the

1000 block of Ruby Street


Brogden Middle School and Childcare Network Center, a day-care center next door to the apartment complex, were put on lockdown.

After negotiators tried to make contact with the man but received no response, police obtained a search warrant to go inside. Shortly after 5:30 p.m., authorities left the apartment building to continue their search. Jackson has been charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.

Police officers were able to escort the children from the day-care center out of the building to be reunited with their parents. Parents also were able to pick up students at the school on the Leon Street side of the building, but traffic was not permitted behind the school during the standoff.