Durham police officers involved in fatal shooting of man after domestic disturbance
Durham police on Monday identified the man fatally shot by an officer during a domestic incident Saturday morning as 30-year-old Ondrae Levado Hutchinson.
Police also named the four officers involved in the shooting: Officer Richard Jimenez who joined the Durham Police Department in February 2015; Officer Jerry Lanier, who joined in June 2018; Officer Elizabeth Masnik, who joined in June 2017; and Officer Blake Mouzon, who joined in July 2018, according to Police Department news release.
All four officers assigned to the Patrol Bureau have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure in such cases. The incident is being investigated by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, and the Police Department’s Professional Standards Division.
“We would like to express condolences to everyone involved in this unfortunate situation. We are always saddened by any loss of life,” Police Chief C.J. Davis said in the statement.
Officers were dispatched to Bevel Court for a domestic incident between a man and a woman involved in a physical altercation, according to police.
On Monday, Vanrea Lynch, Hutchinson’s mother, said her oldest son had four living children. His youngest is about 1, she said.
Lynch, 50, said he had lived in the Bevel Court home for about a year.
“He is a family man. He is loving,” she said. “He is a very sweet person. He has a lot of friends. He knows a lot of people.”
Hutchinson grew up in Rocky Mount and wasn’t a violent person, she said. “Oh no, he is too soft for that,” she said.
Clinton Basco, Hutchinson’s brother, said he was out with Hutchinson the morning before the shooting. He said they had been hanging out at the Star Bar in Raleigh, and he last saw his brother around 4 a.m.
Hutchinson had used alcohol and likely drugs that night, said Basco, 22, of Raleigh, and he was tired when he went home.
Basco said he wants to know why police used deadly force on his brother instead of using pepper spray or handcuffs.