Teen shoots himself while running from Durham police, officials say

The scene along Ashe Street after the shooting Saturday. Photo by Colton West/CBS North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A teen boy was injured in a shooting as he pulled a gun from his waistband while he was running from police on Saturday afternoon, officials say.

The incident was first reported as a “suspicious person call” around 2:15 p.m. in the 2600 block of Owen Street.


As police were on the way to the scene, they learned the 17-year-old suspect had a weapon and was firing the gun into the air, officials said.

Just as officers arrived at the scene, the suspect ran north toward Ashe Street, police said in a news release.

“While officers were in pursuit, he reached in his waistband and a loud sound resembling a gunshot was heard,” police said.

Lafabian Holmes of Durham was later identified as the person who accidentally shot himself, police said.

The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his torso as he pulled the gun from his waistband, according to officials.

A gun was later found at the scene that did not belong to Durham police, authorities said. Also, police said no officers at the scene fired their weapons.

The teen who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Police said Holmes now has two active arrest warrants for the following charges:

  • One count of carrying  a concealed gun
  • One count of possession of handgun by a minor
  • One count of resisting a public officer
  • One count of discharging a firearm in the city limits

The shooting is under investigation.

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