Durham police release name of man fatally shot by officer

From staff reportsJuly 30, 2013 

— Durham police have identified the man fatally shot by an officer last weekend as Jose Adan Cruz Ocampo, 33.

Officers responded to a stabbing call in the 700 block of Park Avenue at 8:41 a.m. Saturday, where they found a man cut on the face and bleeding heavily.

Officers confronted a different man, now identified as Ocampo, armed with a knife in the 800 block of Park Avenue. When he refused to drop the knife, patrol officer R.S. Mbuthia shot him, according to police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Mbuthia, who joined the police department in 2005, has been put on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure during an investigation into any officer-involved shooting.

The man who was stabbed was treated at the hospital and released.

Saturday’s shooting brings the number of homicides the Durham Police Department has investigated this year to 19, Michael said.

A 2009 case in which police recently learned the victim died counts 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.

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