::Shootout Occurs In Durham Murder Arrest
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Thursday, July 19, 2007
DURHAM - On Tuesday night, the Durham Police Department said officers were engaged in a shootout in a motel parking lot when they were trying to arrest a murder suspect who is being charged with the murder of a 15 year old boy as well as several other crimes including shooting another man in Durham.
Durham police say that the gun battle and arrest took place at the Carolina Duke Motel on Guess Road in Durham, but amazingly no one was injured.
According to the Durham Police, detectives say they received a tip Tuesday night that Jevon "Catfish" Rogers, age 28, of 1309 Tucker Street in Durham was at the Carolina Duke Motel.
Rogers was wanted as a suspect in the June 25th shooting murder of 15 year old Quincy Bowens on South Roxboro Street in Durham.
Police say Bowens was killed when trying to protect his 2 year old cousin during a drive-by shooting.
Police say that officers from the Police Department's Selective Enforcement Team (SET) surrounded the room and other officers evacuated guests of the motel.
"A short time later, Rogers came out of a room on the second floor of the motel and walked down the stairs," said Kammie Michael of the Durham Police Department in a released statement. "SET officers challenged him and Rogers fired three shots at the officers."
Police say that after Rogers fired the three shots at them, the Durham officers returned fire and Rogers tried to escape on foot. However, police say that Rogers was captured by officers when he slipped and fell in the parking lot.
Rogers has been charged with murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement officers, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and going armed to the terror of the public.
15 Year Old Murdered
On June 25th, Durham Police say that 15 year old teen Quincy Bowens was killed in a drive by shooting.
Police say that Bowens was standing on the front porch at his family's apartment at 2427-B South Roxboro Street shortly before 7pm when witnesses said that the driver of an older model gold-colored car fired several shots at the porch and then fled. According to police statements, Bowens was trying to get his 2 year old cousin who was also on the porch out of the way when he was struck by the bullets.
Bowens was taken to Duke University Hospital, where tragically he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Witnesses told officers the vehicle was a gold-colored, older model Saturn passenger car. Investigators say recovered the suspect vehicle several days later on Hyde Park Avenue in Durham.
Rogers has been charged in the shooting and resulting murder, but police do not have any apparent motive for the tragic shooting.
Two Other Shootings
In addition to the June 25 murder, Durham Police also charged Rogers with shooting a 20 year old man on Tuesday afternoon on Cornwallis Road near South Roxboro Street in downtown Durham.
Police say that the victim in the shooting and two friends were walking on Cornwallis Road around 3:25pm when numerous gunshots were fired from a burgundy Nissan Altima.
According to police, the victim was struck three times in his legs and buttocks and was taken to Duke University Hospital. The victim is recovering and police say his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Investigators also believe that Rogers drove to Burlington and kidnapped a man. Police say that Rogers allegedly forced the man to drive him to Durham. Police say that additional charges are pending against Rogers in Burlington for that incident.
In addition, a report on WRAL-TV5 said on Wednesday that Rogers is also a suspect in another murder that took place on July 2nd.
According to the TV report, Darraies McClain, age 26, of 321 Melbourne Street in Durham, and his girlfriend were stopped at a red light on Midland Terrace when another vehicle pulled up and someone in the vehicle fired several shots at their car. McClain was taken to the hospital where he subsequently died from his wounds, said the report.
Durham Police Department detectives have not established a motive for any of the incidents. All of the cases mentioned are still under investigation, say police. ::