Durham police seek man in flare-gun attack

Todd Newland Pope
Todd Newland Pope

Police on Wednesday named a 53-year-old man as a suspect they are seeking in the flare-gun shooting of another man in a restaurant on Tuesday.

An arrest warrant charged Todd Newland Pope with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Tuesday morning, police said, a man was shot in the face with what police said appeared to be a flare gun.

It happened in a bathroom at a Panera Bread restaurant on Witherspoon Boulevard, they said.

Anyone with information on Pope’s whereabouts was asked to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

Pope had been arrested in January on charges of missing court dates on misdemeanor cases last year.