Durham, N.C. — A Durham County sheriff’s deputy was shot Saturday morning while off-duty and driving his personal vehicle.
The shooting happened at about 10:15 a.m., near the intersection of Mineral Springs and Fletcher’s Chapel roads, when someone in a silver sedan pulled up next to him and fired several shots into the deputy’s car.
The deputy, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
Witnesses told WRAL News they heard shots around that time near the intersection of Mineral Springs and Wake Forest Highway (N.C. Highway 98).
Employees at Reliable Motors said their surveillance cameras captured what happened.
A surveillance video shared with WRAL shows the scene unfold. A black sedan approaches a stoplight when a white/silver sedan pulls up from behind them. The driver rolls down his window, and a flash can be seen coming out of the silver/white sedan – and going into the car who witnesses said belonged to the deputy.
Yussef Adel, an employee at Reliable Motors, had just begun his workday when the shooting took place. He said the shooting happening in broad daylight on a busy road was especially disturbing.
“For someone to have that audacity to do that, that’s the thing that troubles me. Like, what else could happen here,” he said.
A person who works at the Circus Food Store said he did not see what happened but heard about seven shots. Another person shared photos of deputies directing traffic away from that same intersection. Multiple law enforcement vehicles were on that scene.
Anyone with information should contact the Durham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-560-0900.