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Shot fired at Durham officer's home

A Durham police officer's home was damaged after it was shot at Monday afternoon, the department said.

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Durham Police Department
DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham police officer’s home was damaged after it was shot at Monday afternoon, the department said.

The officer, who was not identified, was inside his home at the Atrium Apartments on Meriwether Drive at about 2 p.m. when the outer pane of his dining room sliding glass door was shattered, police said. The projectile did not enter the apartment.

“It is not known if the officer’s apartment was specifically targeted,” the department said. “At this point, investigators are trying to determine if the weapon was a pellet gun or a real gun.”

The officer looked out a window and saw a man running into the woods behind his apartment, police said. A detailed description of the suspect was not available.

Monday’s incident is the second shooting related occurrence in recent days involving a Durham officer.

Officer J.T. West was sitting in his patrol car on Lakeland Street near Truman Street on Thursday when two men approached his vehicle from behind. As West exited his vehicle to speak to the men, one of them pulled out a gun and began firing, police said. Six shots were fired at West, who fired two rounds in return, police said.

It was not immediately known if West wounded either of the men. West injured his wrist when he dove behind a staircase at a vacant apartment building. He was treated and released from a hospital.

West and the two men never exchanged words, police said.


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