DURHAM — A Durham police officer discharged his firearm Wednesday, injuring a man while trying to arrest three suspects on drug trafficking charges. The shooting was an accident, according to a police department spokesperson.
The man was injured when a bullet fragment struck him as police approached the vehicle near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Bay Point Drive. After the officer fired his weapon, the vehicle took off, leading police on a short chase that ended with a crash on Barbee Street near Uzzle Street.
All three occupants jumped out of the wrecked vehicle and fled on foot. All were subsequently arrested.
Jeffrey Hunter, 34, of South Roxboro St., who was hit by a bullet fragment, was charged with four counts of trafficking in cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and one count of resisting, delaying and obstructing law enforcement officials.
Hunter was treated at an area hospital Wednesday night and released. His bail is set at $500,000.
The other two occupants of the vehicle, Jarian Dowdy, 34, of University Drive and Tony Moore, 25, of Green Lantern Street in Raleigh, were charged with conspiracy to commit trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and delaying and obstructing a government official.
Dowdy was also charged with sale and delivery of cocaine. His bail is set at $150,000.
Moore has also been charged with fleeing from law enforcement officials. His bail is also set at $150,000.
The driver of the vehicle struck by the suspects car was treated for minor injuries.
The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist with the investigation, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.