Durham police ID man killed in officer-involved shooting

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police have now confirmed the identity of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon.

Kenneth Lee Bailey Jr.
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Kenneth Bailey, 24, of Durham was shot and killed as three officers attempted to arrest him in the 2500 block of Glenbrook Drive around 2:20 p.m.

Bailey was out of jail and awaiting trial on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and a felony conspiracy charge.

Police Chief C.J. Davis said they were on the way to arrest him for violating conditions of his pre-trial release.

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Bailey ran from them, then pointed a stolen gun at officers before he was shot, police said.

Bailey’s girlfriend, Chastity Black, described the moment she heard her boyfriend, who was also known as Simba, had been shot.

“I was at home getting ready for work, and his sister called me and said that her momma said that Simba got shot,” Black, who is the mother of one of Bailey’s two children, recalled.

Bailey’s 5-year-old son Kayden Bailey overheard the call.

“He immediately was like, ‘Was my daddy OK?’ I dropped him off, and I said, ‘I’m going to check on da-da now,'” she said.

She rushed to the scene.

“I cried for a long time and sat in my car for 30 minutes, just straight crying and people just running up and hugging me and crying, and I just still can’t believe it,” she said.

Eventually, she had to tell her son what had happened.

“He said, ‘So is my daddy dead, Ma? Or is he alive?'” she said. “And then the tears just started.”

Black said Bailey was trying to get his life on track.

“He was trying to be better,” Black said. “It’s not like he wasn’t trying. He went to church. He did things with his kids.”

CBS North Carolina found Bailey was arrested in 2014 and charged with drug possession, resisting an officer, and speeding.

He also had drug charges from 2012 and stolen goods and weapon charges from 2011.

Bailey was also facing an indictment for carrying a gun as a convicted felon.

Officer A.G. D’Meza,  Cpl. J.E. Lloyd, and Officer T.M. Greathouse (Durham Police)
Officer A.G. D’Meza, Cpl. J.E. Lloyd, and Officer T.M. Greathouse (Durham Police)

Officer T.M. Greathouse, Officer A.G. D’Meza and Cpl. J.E. Lloyd were identified as the officers involved in the shooting.

All three officers are members of the Selective Enforcement Team.

Greathouse joined Durham police in Sept. 2003. D’Meza has been with the Durham Police Department since August 21, 2006 and Lloyd joined Durham police on August 17, 2005.

The weapon police said Bailey pointed at officers Wednesday was reported stolen from a nearby neighborhood in December, according to Davis.

As a condition of his pretrial release, Bailey had been wearing an ankle monitor. About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, he called the monitoring service and said he was taking a family member to the hospital, the Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center said.

He hadn’t returned home by 2 a.m. on Wednesday and didn’t respond to the monitoring service’s attempts to contact him, according to the center.

“It was later determined that he was at various locations throughout Durham and spent the night at a hotel,” the center said.

When he didn’t make contact, staff sought an order for his arrest, the center said.

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