Neighbors question police decision to shoot Durham man

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A memorial has sprung up to remember Kenneth Bailey Jr.

Residents who say they were in the area when Durham police shot a man Wednesday dispute a report that a gun was found next to Kenneth Bailey Jr.'s body.

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In a news conference Wednesday evening, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said Bailey ran from a house on Glenbrook Drive after three officers attempted to serve a warrant for his arrest around 2:20 p.m. They were chasing him on foot when the Bailey pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. Officers pulled their guns and fired.

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Police say the gun found next to Bailey was reported stolen in Dec. 2016.

Kenneth Bailey Jr.


"I feel like it's not right. Police say that there was a gun on the victim or beside the victim. Me my mom and other neighbors were here right when the shooting happened. We walked up to the body. There was no gun laying there. And I know that," offered neighbor Rodnika Benton.

But another neighbor told ABC11 that he heard police order Bailey to drop a gun before he was shot.

Bailey's uncle told ABC11 Thursday he never saw his nephew - nicknamed "Simba" - with a gun and doesn't believe he was armed.

"You need to know him personally. The media and everybody is going to make it seem like it's one thing. But if you knew the person. If you knew Kenneth Bailey. Simba. That brother wasn't like that. He was a very caring, loving person," said Rakim Wynn.

In 2016, Bailey was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy. Arrest warrants show that Bailey was in violation of his pretrial release for breaking his curfew and that's why officers were looking for him.

Bailey was also the subject of an ABC11 story in 2014 where he was allegedly involved in a chase and carjacking

Bailey was also facing indictment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The three officers involved were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting. They were identified Thursday as Officer T.M. Greathouse, Officer A.G. D'Meza and Cpl. J.E. Lloyd. The Durham Police Department said all three officers are members of the Selective Enforcement Team (SET). Officer Greathouse joined the DPD on September 8, 2003. Officer D'Meza joined the DPD on August 21, 2006 and Cpl. Lloyd joined the DPD on August 17, 2005.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. Police plan to release a five-day report.

Family members said Bailey was a father of two.


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