Man shot, killed during struggle with Durham police officers

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham police officer shot and killed a man during a struggle Tuesday near the intersection of Wabash and Dayton streets, officials said.

Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting Tuesday in Durham. (CBS North Carolina)

Three uniformed officers from the Violent Incident Response Team were patrolling McDougald Terrace around 12:30 p.m. when they stopped to speak to a man, police said.

The man made a “sudden movement toward his waistband” during that conversation.

A struggle ensued.

Officers heard a gunshot during the struggle and an officer fired his weapon in response, police said.

The victim, who is not being identified at this time, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“… I think it’s so sad because I knew the young man that got killed. And, I knew him for a very long time. And, my heart really goes out to the family,” said Temeca Williams of Durham.

No officers were shot but one did suffer a leg injury. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

That officer will be placed on administrative assignment when he’s released from the hospital, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. The other two officers are already on administrative assignment, she said.

A gun not belonging to Durham police was located at the scene, police said.

“There was a gun that was found on the scene, but I can’t say that that weapon was fired,” Davis said. “Preliminary information was that there was a gunshot and officers responded to a gunshot.”

The SBI is investigating the incident.

McDougald Terrace is, according to the Durham Housing Authority’s website, the largest conventional public housing community in the city with 360 apartments. The officers were in the neighborhood in response to a recent spike in “robbery and violent crime,” Davis said.