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Probation absconder wanted in Durham shooting

Posted January 19, 2011 5:27 p.m. EST

— An absconder from probation supervision with a history of assault convictions is wanted in a Jan. 6 shooting on Liberty Street in Durham, police said Wednesday.

Investigators said that Clifton Edward Farrington Jr., 31, of Colt Drive in Bahama, shot a 26-year-old man in the face during an argument in front of an apartment building at 561 Liberty St.

Farrington is also wanted on a felony probation violation, police said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call police at 919-560-4281, extension 29122, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

State Department of Correction records show that Farrington was on probation for 2009 and 2010 convictions for felony habitual misdemeanor assault, assault on a female, communicating threats and wanton injury to personal property.

He has about 20 convictions, including habitual misdemeanor assault in 2004, assault inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault in 2002 and assault with a deadly weapon on government officers in 1997, DOC records state. In addition to probation, he has served separate one-year and eight-month jail sentences.