Officers did not violate administrative policy in Frank Clark shooting, Durham police say

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police said three officers did not violate administrative policy or procedure during the fatal shooting of Frank Clark on Nov. 22, 2016.

Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting Tuesday in Durham. (CBS North Carolina)

Frank Nathaniel Clark, 34, of Durham, was killed during a struggle with Durham police officers in the McDougald Terrace neighborhood, a police report said.

Clark was shot following a “sudden movement toward his waistband” after a struggle developed during a conversation with two officers near Building 60 near Wabash and Dayton streets, according to the City of Durham report.

The Durham Police Department’s administrative investigation into the shooting looked at interviews, evidence, the SBI’s files on the case and the Durham County District Attorney’s conclusion on the shooting.

Durham police said the officers involved, Officer M.D. Southerland, Master Officer C.S. Barkley and Officer C.Q. Goss, did not violate administrative policy or procedure during the incident.

Durham County District Attorney Roger A. Echols confirmed in March no charges would be filed in the shooting.


Neighbors, who don’t want their identity shared for safety concerns, don’t agree.

“That report is a lie,” one said.

“First y’all said he shot one time, now y’all saying he shot twice, that man never touched his gun, at all,” said another.

“It was no residue on his hands, it was in the report. So how in the world did he shoot a gun?”

“That man never touched a gun,” Never touched a gun.”

The ladies, one who says she witnessed the shooting, have been following the investigation since the start.

“I don’t see how nobody’s picking up on the fact that these people have changed their story.”

CBS North Carolina looked into the claims.

We found in a release from police just hours after the shooting, that officers only heard one gunshot before they returned fire.

We reached out to police to find out why the story changed.

In a statement, the department said, “The specifics regarding the number of rounds fired was later verified through the SBI and DA’s report. We did not have access to definitive information early on.”

Clark was shot in the head and thigh, and none of the officers were injured by gunfire.

The three officers involved in the shooting were assigned to administrative duty until the investigation was complete.

Neighbors say they fear having them in their neighborhood.

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