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Deputies Give Up Search for Armed Man

Posted December 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Armed and possibly dangerous. That's how Durham County deputies described a man who fired shots at a friend, then eluded deputies for more than 12 hours.

But shortly before 11 p.m., officers Danny Greene was arrested. He is not free pending trial after posting bail.

They say Danny Greene was armed with a high powered rifle. They tried to flush him out of a wooded area in northtern Durham County for six hours Wednesday, but gave up their search about 12:30 p.m.

Bahama in Northern Durham County looked like a battlefield Wednesday. Almost 30 officers searched frantically for Greene, 37. Authorities said Greene fired shots at his friend, Eddie Murphy, early Wednesday morning. Murphy says he told Greene to get his life together, and Greene opened fire, just missing Murphy's head.

Greene, whom authorities said has a history of drug abuse, escaped into the woods.

Durham County Sheriff's Deputy William Black says Greene was recently arrested for a DWI at the beach. After missing his court date, Greene felt he had nothing else to do but go to jail. He also coming off a drug addiction.

Greene, dressed in full camoflage, managed to elude police. After six hours of searching, authorities still hadn't found Danny Greene.

Greene reportedly had many secret hideouts in the woods around Bahama.