Clerk killed by robber, who is shot by police, Durham officials say

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened early Saturday morning.

Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Joy Food Mart at 2109 North Roxboro Street just before 1 a.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, they heard shots inside the business. A male suspect, identified as 26-year-old Dmarlo Johnson, walked out of the store armed with a handgun. When officers ordered he put it down, Johnson pointed the gun at the officers–who then returned fire. Johnson was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

An employee at the store, 48-year-old Amer Mahmood, was shot and killed during the robbery.

WNCN talked with a man who says he was inside the store.

“I seen him come in with his shirt over his face and a 9 mm [handgun],” said James O’Neil.  “He told everybody to get the hell out. He was going to shoot or he was going to shoot them. I stayed there. I was paying for my stuff.”

Johnson has been charged with murder. He was taken to the hospital for treatment before being placed in the Durham County Jail without bond.


The officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard during an officer-involved shooting.

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