Wednesday’s testimony in the case of a man charged with shooting a Durham police officer during a traffic stop three years ago started with a witness who watched the defendant leave the scene and ended with officers arresting him later in the day.
Prosecutors contend that Carlos Antonio Riley, 24, shot Officer Kelly Stewart during a traffic stop outside of Forest Pointe Apartments around 10:20 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2012.
Prosecutors argue that Riley attempted to drive off, but the two struggled when Stewart tried to stop him. During the struggle, Riley gained control of Stewart’s gun and shot him in the right thigh, prosecutors say. The defense says Riley feared for his life and that Stewart pulled the trigger during the struggle.
On Wednesday, Brooke Hipes, property manager for Forest Pointe Apartments, said she ran to a window after hearing a pop outside the complex. She said she saw Riley standing in the open doorway of the car he was driving with one hand up in the air with a gun and the other being used to “push-pull” Stewart in the car.
Hipes left the window to tell her assistant to call 911, she said, and when she returned she saw Stewart on the ground and the car back up and stop. Riley got out of the car and walked out of her sight, she said. When she moved to another window, she saw the car driving off.
Later in the third day of testimony, Durham police officers described searching for Riley and finding him around 1 p.m. with three others in a black Honda Accord in front of a house on Rosetta Drive in Durham, where Riley’s mother lived. Officers approached the car, told the occupants to get on the ground and then handcuffed Riley and the others.
Riley gave the officers his name, they said, and told one officer he got the cut on his forearm from struggling with the “officer that y’all are looking for me for.”