Durham police identify man shot in stand-off, officer who fired

From staff reportsSeptember 18, 2013 

— Police on Wednesday identified the man they shot fatally in a small plaza in downtown Durham as Derek Deandre Walker, 26, and they said the police officer who shot him when he raised a handgun toward an officer Tuesday afternoon was a 12-year veteran of the force and a member of the Special Operations Division.

The shooting ended an hour-long stand-off that closed several downtown streets after police were called about a distraught man with a gun in the West Chapel Hill Street area.

Officers found Walker armed with a pistol near the large bull statue in the plaza between North Corcoran Street and Market Street and locked down the area about 4:20 p.m.

Workers were kept in area buildings or taken out side doors, and police armed with rifles took up positions around the area.

Wednesday, spokeswoman Kammie Michael identified Walker and said the officer who shot him was Cpl. R.C. Swartz, who joined the department in 2001.

Swartz is assigned to the Special Operations Division, which includes the Selective Enforcement Team that is usually put in place in situations like Tuesday.

The division also includes the Major Crimes and Organized Crimes units, and Michael did not say what Swartz’s normal assignment is.

Walker waved the handgun around and, at least once, held it to his own ear.

Michael did not say if Walker pointed the handgun toward Swartz or another officer.

Hostage negotiators had been talking to Walker when he was shot.

He was rushed to Duke University Hospital and pronounced dead there a short time later.

Swartz was placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident is investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation and Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division and Criminal Investigations Division – all standard procedure any time an officer fires a weapon in the line of duty.

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