Family of fatal Durham police shooting victim wants officers fired

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — The family of a 34-year-old man shot and killed during a struggle with Durham police Tuesday said they want the three officers involved fired and prosecuted.

The family’s comments come on the same day police released the identity of victim and the officers involved.

Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting Tuesday in Durham. (CBS North Carolina)
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Frank Nathaniel Clark, 34, of Durham was killed during a struggle with three Durham police officers, officials said.

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Clark’s family has asked for members of the community to not talk to the media about his death but about what they said was the repeated harassment of community members by Master Officer C.S. Barkley.

Protesters blocked Chapel Hill Street in front of police headquarters Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re marching for a change, man,” said Michael Clark, Frank Clark’s brother. “We’re marching because we want change, man, with this police.”

Three uniformed officers from the Violent Incident Response Team, including Barkley, were patrolling McDougald Terrace near the intersection of Wabash and Dayton streets around 12:30 p.m. when they stopped to speak to Clark, police said.

Clark made a “sudden movement toward his waistband” during that conversation and then a struggle ensued, police said.

Officers heard a gunshot during the struggle and an officer fired his weapon in response, according to police.

The other officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Officer M.D. Southerland, and Officer C.Q. Goss, police said.

Barkley, 49, has been with Durham police since 1997. Police records show he was suspended in April 2014. The reason behind his suspension wasn’t immediately available.

Goss, 39, was also hired by Durham police in 1997.

Southerland has been with the Durham Police Department since 2006. Records show he was suspended in March. The reason behind his suspension wasn’t immediately available.

Southerland was taken to the hospital for treatment of a leg injury and has since been released. Police said Southerland was the officer who fired his gun.

All three officers were placed on administrative assignment, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

A gun not belonging to Durham police was located at the scene, police said.

“There was a gun that was found on the scene, but I can’t say that that weapon was fired,” Davis said. “Preliminary information was that there was a gunshot and officers responded to a gunshot.”

The SBI is investigating the incident.

McDougald Terrace is, according to the Durham Housing Authority’s website, the largest conventional public housing community in the city with 360 apartments. The officers were in the neighborhood in response to a recent spike in “robbery and violent crime,” Davis said.

Durham police confirmed Clark has an arrest record dating back to 1999. His convictions since 1999 include assault on a female, drug possession, posession of a firearm by a felon, and trafficking opium/heroin.

Clark’s arrest record shows he spent five years in prison for trafficking heroin. He was released in April 2015.

Clark’s family said it is requesting an independent autopsy.

They are also asking that all unmarked Durham police vehicles be removed from their community.

“We hold the city of Durham responsible for Scooter’s (Clark’s) murder. Our loved one was killed by a police officer acting on behalf of the city,” the family said in a release.

Clark’s family wants the city to pay for his funeral and set up a fund to support his children.

Durham police did not have a comment on the family’s statement.

On Wednesday, Durham police tweeted images of Davis meeting with housing authority leadership, residents and community members in McDougald Terrace.

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