Police stop short of saying officers ‘targeted’ in recent NC shootings
DURHAM, N..C. — The Durham Police Department is renewing its public plea for help finding the gunmen behind two recent shootings where its officers were potential targets.
“I can’t say with any certainty that they were targeted for being a police officer,” said Deputy Chief Larry Smith at a news conference Tuesday, emphasizing his growing concern for his officers amid recent anti-police sentiment.
“My hope is that many would see police officers for who they are — caring human beings with human failings and shortcomings — who have chosen a profession of service that has cast them into very difficult circumstances that most people will never understand,” Smith added, calling the recent officer-involved shootings disturbing.
An unidentified person fired a shot into an off-duty Durham police officer’s apartment Monday afternoon. Authorities say the officer was inside of his home in the Atrium Apartments on Meriwether Drive when a shot shattered the outer pane of his dining room’s sliding glass door. It happened just before 2 p.m.