Durham, N.C. — Police and Durham officials said Tuesday that they are disturbed by two shootings within four days in which police officers appeared to have been targeted by gunmen.
Last Thursday night, Officer J.T. West was sitting in his patrol car on Lakeland Street when two men approached his vehicle from behind. As West got out of his car, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired six shots at West, who dove for cover. West wasn’t wounded in the incident and managed to return fire as the two men fled, police said.
On Monday afternoon, someone fired a shot at the apartment of an off-duty officer. The officer wasn’t wounded, but a sliding glass door to his dining room was shattered. The unidentified officer said he saw a man running into some nearby woods after the shooting.
If you worry about trigger happy cops now, wait until the cops think every encounter is a possible execution.