DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Multiple police officers surrounded a Durham motel searching for a murder suspect on Wednesday, but ultimately realized the man they wanted wasn’t there.
Police were involved in a standoff at Durham’s Carolina-Duke Motor Inn on Wednesday afternoon – and then suddenly Wednesday, the standoff ended without a word. The watch commander told WNCN that police were looking for a suspect in the August murder on Glenn Road in Durham County. In that event, 18-year-old Northern High School graduate Dymond Patrice Fowler was killed. Alexis Patterson, 17, suffered gunshot wounds to the face and wrist but played dead and survived.
On Wednesday, both Durham Police and Durham County Sheriff’s Deputies were on the scene much of the day, beginning around 7 a.m.
An armored car was at the scene as well and bystanders watched the event unfolded. Police got a search warrant but, after a search, concluded the suspect they sought was not at the motel.
The Durham County Sheriff’s Office was originally coming to serve a warrant and a standoff followed. Durham Police were originally assisting.
But around 2 p.m., the police left the scene and the police tape around the area was taken down.
Five people – Brittany Sharnell Lassiter, Dominique Faulkner, Jesus Arce, Quashaun Niajel Slade and Alezia Clay – already are facing first-degree murder charges in the case.