Durham police shootout prompted by two vehicles entering crime scene of separate shooting

27 June 2022

— Durham police officers were investigating a shooting on Sunday night when they found themselves in the line of fire after two vehicles brazenly drove through a crime scene and fired shots.

Officers responded to a shooting in the 1000 block of Worth Street around 10 p.m. Investigators did not find anyone who was shot, but did find a vehicle at the intersection of Elm Street and E. Main Street which had been struck by gunfire. No one was inside the vehicle.

After officers had blocked off the surrounding stretch of road, drivers in two vehicles turned down E. Main Street and drove through the crime scene while shooting, according to police. Two officers shot at the suspects in response. A release from police did not include whether those inside the vehicles fired shots directly at officers.

Both vehicles fled the scene. No officers were hurt.

Police learned a man walked into a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound on Sunday night. Investigators have learned this man was involved in the initial shooting at E. Main Street and Elm Street.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

Over the weekend, there were two shootings that occurred within a mile of each other along Holloway Street in east Durham in a span of under 24 hours.

Monday night, Durham leaders will try to find solutions to gun violence as officials will hold a community conversation with the CEO of ShotSpotter. The company’s technology detects gun shots and notifies police.

The technology brought on a heated debate at a recent City Council budget meeting. City Council has approved funding to test the technology this year.

The town hall starts at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph AME Church on Fayetteville Street.

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