Several injured in carjacking, police chase

August 6, 2008 8:09:10 AM PDT
A cab driver survives an ordeal after a carjacking that leads to a chase and a police-involved shooting in Downtown Raleigh.The cab driver, 26-year-old Ahmed Osman, says a man who flagged him down in Durham --attacked him when they got to Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh and carjacked him.

"He had the gun, the knife, something like a needle he put it around my neck, took all my money, my phone. I got out of the car and he took my car too," Osman said.

He says the man police now identify as Renford Butler of Durham-- stabbed his hands and cut his neck with a straight razor and forced him out of the car with the gun.

"At least I'm still alive," Osman said. "He stabbed me with a needle."

Raleigh Police Sergeant Ray Nantz was directing traffic on Poole Road when he observed a Durham taxicab that had been reported stolen earlier in the day following a carjacking.

Butler lead police on a chase through downtown Raleigh around 4 p.m., until he crashed into a van at the intersection of Dawson and Lane Streets.

Police say Butler got out, tried to get into a building and when he couldn't, he went after them.

"He threatened the officers in assaultive manner with a slashing motion with a straight razor. The officers considered that a significant threat to their safety," Police Chief Harry Dolan said.

Officer J. Bloodworth discharged his firearm striking Butler two times.

According to eyewitnesses, they heard gunshots and saw Butler on the ground.

"I heard pow, pow, pow," eyewitness Larry Allen said. " A taxi hit a car. Cops swarmed in and sealed it all off. About 5 minutes later I saw an ambulance and a guy on a stretcher. I just assumed somebody got nabbed."

Butler was transported to WakeMed where he is undergoing surgery. The officers were not injured.

During the chase, a police car collidied with another car on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Grantland Drive as the police were responding to the officer-involved shooting. Two officers and the two occupants of the other vehicle were transported to WakeMed for evaluation.

The inbound lanes of Capital Blvd at Peace Street were closed while authorities investigated the scene. Also, the 200 and 300 block of East Lane Street is closed due to the second wreck.

As for Osman, he's now rethinking the way he earns money to pay for his bio-medical engineering degree at UNC Chapel Hill.

"I've been doing this for like three years, in the summertime and sometimes on weekends too, but I guess this is going to be my last time. No more driving cabs," Osman said. "Hopefully I can get a professional job, no more driving taxi."


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