Durham police shoot man who crashed into 3 cars and drove into another officer

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DURHAM, NC (WTVD) — Durham police officers shot and killed a suspect who they say was found sleeping in a stolen vehicle, who then used the vehicle to ram two police cars and another private vehicle.

At 3:00 a.m., officers were patrolling a hotel on Front Street when they saw a man sleeping in a vehicle.

When officers tried to confront him, the man woke up, started the car and attempted to flee by reversing. While this was happening, the man’s vehicle crashed into an unoccupied Durham police car and someone else’s car.

Then at 4:45 a.m., officers saw the same vehicle in a parking lot on South LaSalle Street. Police now believed the car had been stolen from Greensboro.

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When officers approached the vehicle a second time, the man woke up and tried to reverse again, but struck another unmarked police car, police said.

The suspect then attempted to drive forward by jumping the curb. Several officers had to run to avoid being hit.

Two officers, who believed another officer was in danger of being seriously injured or killed, fired into the vehicle, hitting the suspect in the left shoulder and arm. He jumped out of the vehicle, officers gave chase and were eventually able to catch up and arrest him.

The suspect, who has not been identified by police, was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One officer suffered minor injuries during the chase and was treated at the scene and released.

According to Durham police, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

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Durham police shoot man who crashed into 3 cars and drove into another officer

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