New report on teen fatally shot in police car in Durham due soon

Jesus Huerta

Jesus Huerta

It’s been three months since the State Bureau of Investigation agreed to take a second look at the shooting death of a Durham teenager in the back of a police squad car.

WTVD-TV reported that the Durham County District Attorney’s Office says it’s still waiting on the agency’s final report on new information it received in late January.

“We expect to get it any day now,” District Attorney Leon Stanback told ABC11.

A spokesperson for the N.C. Attorney General’s Office confirms the SBI is still reviewing the case. Neither office would comment on specific details of their second investigation.

Jesus Huerta, 17, was found dead in the back of a police car last November. The Durham teenager died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while handcuffed, according to the Durham Police Department and the SBI’s initial investigations.

Durham investigators admitted the arresting officer failed to properly search the teen, who was taken into custody for an outstanding trespass warrant. Officers were looking for Huerta after his family reported him missing and possibly suicidal.

Durham Police said there was no evidence the weapon was inside the officer’s squad car prior to Huerta’s arrest.

Read full story: WTVD-TV

6 comments

  • JERRY JACKSON

    HOW IN THE HELL CAN HE SHOOT HIS SELF IN HANDCUFFED IN BACK OF A POLICE CAR?? AND ALSO HOW DID HE GET THE GUN IN THE CAR WHEN THEY CUFFED HIM????

    • FaithC

      Jerry maybe they need to hire you as police captain since you’re such a know it all. dA!

  • Tberryjack

    Whether or not he was an Illegal makes no difference, wrong is wrong. Of course FaithC I don’t have any idea what took place & neither does Jerry, but maybe you’re right, maybe they SHOULD Make Jerry Police Captin, or top investagator because that’s questions I’m sure the dept. has asked until they decided on what excuse to use and tell everyone. I’ll bet they’ve held meeting after meeting trying to decide what to say and make sure everyone says the same thing. I’ll bet they’ve had a hard time trying to figure out a good way to explain how the kid got a gun in the first place especially after the cop should have firsked the kid before placing him in the car. Wonder how they’ll explain how it just happened to come from the cop’s gun? Like I said, I have no idea what took place, but I’ll bet it went something like this. I’ll bet the kid was mouthing off to the cop, the cop pulls over and goes back and tries to scare him by pointing his gun at him and accidently pulls the trigger and the kid is dead. But, they’ll probably say that someone had left a gun behind the seat without the cop knowing it, the kid found and HE accidently pulled the trigger. But again I don’t know, just guessing, know what I mean Vern????

    • Hatter

      I’m guessing you’re somewhere close to right, Tberryjack. That kid was murdered, I’m guessing, and by a cop, no less, and that cop will get away with it, as usual.

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