RALEIGH, NC (WRAL) – For the second time in less than 24 hours, there has been a shootout involving an officer in the Triangle.
The latest happened early this morning at a convenience store in Durham.
WRAL says a man was shot and killed by Durham Police when he attacked a convenience store clerk, officials said.
During a 7:30 a.m. press conference, Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews said officers responded to a report of suicide at Circle K at 109 NC Highway 54, near Fayetteville Road , before 3:30 a.m.
Officers learned that a man was cutting himself inside the store, but when they arrived, the front door of the Circle K was locked and they saw a man “violently attacking” the store clerk with a gun. sharp weapon, said Andrews.
Officers forced their way in and shot the man, who died. The store clerk was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital, and officers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
The name of the deceased man will be released once family members are notified.
Officers involved in the fatal shooting were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in a shooting involving officers.
“My staff and I are always saddened by any loss of life. We will continue to keep our officers and the store clerk in our thoughts and offer our condolences to the family of the deceased man, ”said Andrews.
At 9 a.m., a crime scene tape still surrounded the entire parking lot and adjacent mall, which houses Shiki Sushi and a Great Clips.
An ambulance was on the scene as well as more than 12 police cars.
The front door to the Circle K store was smashed, according to WRAL reporter Brett Knese, and a body was visible near the door.
Andrews said the Durham Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation are both investigating the incident. She did not know how many shots had been fired or where the assailant had been hit.
The shooting is the second in the Triangle involving an officer in less than 24 hours. A man holding a knife near a small child was shot dead by police in Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon after a serious accident on I-440.
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