Durham man exchanges gunfire outside his home with attempted robber

(Derrick Lewis/CBS North Carolina)


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – An attempted robbery suspect was shot after he and a woman lured a Durham resident out of his home early Friday.

Around 4:30 a.m., a resident of Cole Mill Road said he was awakened by someone was honking a car horn in his driveway and flashing the vehicle’s headlights.

The resident told police he retrieved his gun and went outside.

A woman inside the vehicle said she needed to use his phone because she had a fight with a relative, Durham police said.

At that point, a male suspect, later identified as Jerel Antonio Thompson, came around the corner of the house and exchanged gunfire with the resident.

The resident was not injured in the incident.

Around 5 a.m., Thompson arrived at Duke Regional Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.

Thompson’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening, police said.

Thompson was charged with charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

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