The prisoner who is accused of wounding a Durham police officer during a struggle inside the county jail last week was wearing two pairs of jeans and had a "palm-sized" semiautomatic pistol hidden inside the waistband of the innerpair, according to a report from police to City Manager Thomas Bonfield.
The report, dated Tuesday, says that Officer R.S. Taylor had searched Danny McMillan when Taylor and another officer arrested him on a charge of peeping into his estranged wife’s house in the early morning of March 21.
Taylor told police he ran his hands along the inside of the waistband of one pair of McMillan’s pants, but did not discover the gun inside the inner pants.
At the jail, Taylor locked his own service pistol in the trunk of his patrol car because officers are not allowed to bring firearms inside the area where prisoners are brought before magistrates to hear charges and have bail set.
Interim Chief Larry C. Smith said Taylor reported McMillan had been acting oddly, and Taylor pulled up McMillan’s shirt and saw the pistol.
The two struggled, and a shot grazed Taylor’s stomach, police said.
Another police officer hit McMillan with a shot from his Taser stun gun, but it had no effect, Smith wrote.
One sheriff’s office detention officer tackled McMillan and another pepper-sprayed him in the face, and police handcuffed him, the report said. The gun was found in the leg of long underwear McMillan was wearing inside the inner jeans, it said.
The department’s Professional Standards Division is reviewing the case to see if procedures were followed correctly.
Taylor is on administrative duty pending the outcome.