The man fatally shot by police during a confrontation Wednesday had broken curfew three times this month and did not return home Tuesday night while on electronic monitoring pending his next court date.
Police confirmed Thursday that the man killed at the Durham Housing Authority’s Club Boulevard public housing community was Kenneth Lee Bailey, 24.
Three police officers were trying to arrest Bailey for violating pretrial-release conditions, when police say he pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers.
Bailey was awaiting trial on August 2016 charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy. He also faced an indictment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said.
According to the Aug. 31 warrant, Bailey, whose address was listed as 10 S. Nipper Court, conspired with two other men to rob a man, stealing a wallet with $1,000 cash, a MacBook computer, an iPad, cellphone and other items worth $2,745.
The warrant said police had probable cause to believe Bailey threatened the man’s life with a black handgun.
According to court records, Bailey was on pre-trial release under a $250,000 secured bond when he failed to return home by his 7 p.m. curfew Tuesday. He reported that he was going to the hospital when GPS tracking placed him at a hotel, records state.
He also had missed curfew by 49 minutes and 11 minutes on Feb. 8 and Feb 11, respectively, records state.
On Thursday night, Gudrun Parmer, director of Durham County’s Criminal Justice Resource Center, confirmed Bailey was in the center’s Pretrial Services Program and was supposed to return home by 7 p.m. daily.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bailey contacted the monitoring service to advise he was taking a family member to the hospital, Parmer said in a statement.
“He had not returned to his home by 2 a.m. (Wednesday) and did not respond to the monitoring service’s attempts to contact him,” she said. “It was later determined that he was at various locations throughout Durham and spent the night at a hotel.”
When Bailey did not contact the center, the staff followed its protocol and requested an order for his arrest, she said.
Officers on leave
The three officers, members of the Durham Police Department’s Selective Enforcement Team, were wearing tactical vests with the word “POLICE” written on the back and front when Wednesday’s shooting occurred. Police say they performed CPR on Bailey but he died a short time later.
A gun reported stolen from North Driver Street in 2016 was found beside Bailey after the shooting, police said.
Following standard procedure, the three officers were placed on administrative leave with pay, police spokesman Kammie Michael said.
They are Officers Thomas M. Greathouse, 45, and Alan G. D’Meza, 33, and Cpl. John E. Lloyd, 35. Greathouse joined the department in 2003, D’Meza in 2006 and Lloyd in 2005. Lloyd was promoted in March, records show.
The shooting occurred at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 2500 block of Glenbrook Drive in the Club Boulevard, or “Bluefield,” community, where a large crowd gathered behind yellow police tape.
The atmosphere grew heated, with onlookers yelling insults at dozens of police officers. Many referred to the Nov. 22 officer-involved shooting death of Frank “Scooter Bug” Clark in the McDougald Terrace housing community.
Clark was killed two days before Thanksgiving. The incident remains under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, which will now also review Wednesday’s shooting as is customary with officer-involved shootings.
“We would like to express our concern and condolences to all involved,” Police Chief C.J. Davis said Wednesday night. “Any loss of life is a tragic event.”
The Club Boulevard community was completed in 1967 and is composed of 77 single-family detached houses. It is in the northeast section of Durham.
News researcher David Raynor contributed to this story.