17-year-old's death ruled a case of self-defense during attempted robbery in Durham

Taijay-Surles (Credit: Durham police)

The death of a 17-year-old in Durham earlier this month has been ruled a case of self-defense.

Durham police said on Thursday that 17-year-old Jyireh Lamour Holeman was killed during an attempted robbery.

Investigators found that Holeman was apparently trying to rob someone in the 2800 block of Courtney Creek Blvd. on March 3 while armed with a gun. The victim in the robbery said he struggled with Holeman over the gun and shots were fired.

Holeman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Holeman's alleged accomplice in the attempted robbery -- 18-year-old Taijay Devon Surles -- was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was also charged with two counts of felony probation violation.

Surles is being held at the Durham County Jail on a $2.5 million bond.
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