Durham man assaulting shop clerk shot 5 times by police: report

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — A man caught assaulting a Durham store worker was shot six times by officers, according to an inquest report into the death.

The January 12 report says Charles Piquet, 51, walked into a K circle early in the morning, broke a wine bottle and began cutting his neck claiming he was going to kill himself.

Police later said Camara Turner, 31, a gas station clerk, called 911 to report the attempted suicide.

The death report states that Piquet locked the store’s front door and began assaulting Turner with the glass he had used himself.

When officers arrived, the officer witnessed the assault and fired through the windows to enter the store.

A warrant said officers gave orders to Piquet before shooting him.

Once shot, the two officers began to help Turner and Piquet.

An autopsy of Piquet showed he had been shot five times to his body, including the head, torso and arms. He was pronounced dead at 3:39 a.m.

However, the medical examiner said the unit was not called to the scene for another five hours until 8.33am.

The store clerk was seriously injured but conscious when police entered the store.

Although Turner did not lose her life, she suffered serious injuries.