Durham cab-jacking suspect dies

August 13, 2008 8:01:56 PM PDT
The suspect shot by police following a carjacking and police chase in Downtown Raleigh, died Wednesday.On Aug. 5, cab driver, 26-year-old Ahmed Osman, says a man 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.

That man, idenifed as Renford Butler of Durham-- stabbed Osman's hands and cut his neck with a straight razor and forced him out of the car with the gun.

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.

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

Public Information Officer Jim Sughrue released a statement that Butler died shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, one week after the incident.


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