DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Since a fatal officer-involved shooting on Nov. 22 in Durham, several conversations have been sparked in the Durham community and police want to continue it.
Monday evening, the Durham Housing Authority and the Durham Police Department will co-host a community conversation for residents of McDougald Terrace, where the shooting occurred.
Three officers with Durham’s Violent Incident Response team were patrolling the neighborhood when they encountered 34-year-old Frank Clark at the intersection of Wabash and Dayton streets around 12:30 p.m. According to police, officers were speaking with Clark when he reached suddenly toward his waistband and the officers heard a gunshot. Officer M.D. Southerland then fired his weapon which struck Clark and killed him, police said.
The two other officers involved in the shooting have been identified as C.Q. Ross, 39, and Master Officer C.S. Barkley, 49.
All three are on administrative assignment.
A day after Clark was killed, members of his family and the community marched, saying they were looking for accountability and justice.
“We want to make sure that the relationship that we are attempting to build here in the City of Durham is one that is collaborative, is inclusive, is transparent,” said Durham Police Chief CJ Davis.
There will be an opportunity for that to happen this evening at the T A Grady Recreation Center, located at 531 Lakeland St. in Durham, at 6 p.m.