Man dies following Durham County shooting incident, sheriff’s office says

The sheriff's office is investigating a shooting in the area of Denver Avenue and Hoyle Street (Chris Hemric/CBS North Carolina)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a shooting that left a man dead Thursday.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a call at the intersection of Denver Avenue and Hoyle Street around 4:30 a.m. Upon arrival, a man suffering from a gunshot wound was found at the scene.

James Docher, 35, was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a life-threatening head wound.

Docher later died from that injury, the sheriff’s office said.

A female passenger also inside the vehicle was uninjured.


Authorities said that their preliminary investigation has revealed that the shooting does not appear to be random. No one is in custody at this time.

Old Oxford Road from Thompson Road to Dearborn Drive was temporarily closed while the investigation was underway, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is urged to call the Durham County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 560-0900 or Durham CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. Durham CrimeStoppers offers a reward for information leading to an arrest in felony cases only.

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