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Durham Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted January 17, 2008 8:43 a.m. EST
Updated January 17, 2008 3:07 p.m. EST

— Police were investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late Wednesday on Seven Oaks Road.

Durham police officers were working off-duty in uniform at the Carriage House Apartments on Seven Oaks Road when they were flagged down and told that a man had pointed a gun at several people, including two children, ages 4 and 8, police said.

The officers approached the man, Willard Scott Jr., 22, who had a firearm in his hand, police said. Officers ordered him several times to drop the gun, but he refused and approached the officers, police said.

One of the officers shot Scott in the leg, police said. He was treated at Duke University Hospital and then taken to the Durham County Magistrate’s office.

Scott was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, four counts of assault by pointing a gun, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver.

Bond was set at $150,000.

Officers recovered a .38-caliber revolver.

The officer who shot Scott, whose name hasn't been released, has been placed on administrative duty, pending the results of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division.