Durham police release name of officer in fatal weekend shooting

From staff reportsJuly 29, 2013 

Durham police have released the name of the officer but not the man killed in a fatal officer-involved shooting this weekend.

Officers were sent to a stabbing call in the 700 block of Park Avenue at 8:41 a.m. Saturday, according to a Police Department press release. They found a male who had been cut on the face and was bleeding heavily.

Officers approached a male with a knife in the 800 block of Park Avenue. When officers confronted him, he refused to drop the knife and was shot, police said.

The male was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, police said.

The officer involved in the shooting is Officer R.S. Mbuthia, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Monday. He joined the Durham Police Department in February 2005 and is assigned to the Patrol Bureau.

Mbuthia has been put on administrative leave with pay, and the shooting is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division and Criminal Investigations Division, which is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.

The name of the man who was shot is not being released at this time because investigators are still trying to notify his relatives, Michael said.

The male who suffered the stab wounds was treated at the hospital and released.

19 homicides

Saturday’s shooting brings the Police Department’s homicide total to 19 so far this year, Michael said.

A 2009 case in which police recently learned the victim died will count as a homicide in the city’s 2013 numbers, per FBI reporting standards, she said.

There were no officer-involved homicides last year, when there were 22 homicides reported, later lowered to 21 when one case was cleared as self-defense. There were 19 actual incidents last year, Michael said because two cases involved two victims.

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