Third arrest in shooting of Durham teen


Larry Joseph Harwell, 20, of Yancey Street, was arrested Tuesday night. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm within the city limits in connection with the shooting. He was also charged with malicious conduct by a prisoner and resisting a public officer following the arrest. Harwell was placed in Durham County Jail under a $560,000 bond.

On March 11, officers found the wounded teen lying on the side of the road after getting a call about the shooting on Briggs Avenue near Liberty Street around 9:30 p.m.

Investigators say witnesses told them the teen and a friend were walking when a green Cadillac with three people inside pulled up next to them. A person in the car spoke to the victim and a shot was fired.

A description of the vehicle was broadcast on police radio and a Durham County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted it a short time later and tried to stop it on Hardee Street near Liberty Street.

Two people in the car were arrested and a third got out and ran. Officers used a search dog, but were unable to find the man.

Two guns were found in the car.

Thirty-year-old Shelly Ann Polk - of Cammie Street - and 17-year-old Victor Lavar Brown Jr. - of Hardee Street - are charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Brown was also charged with resisting a public officer and altering/removing a serial number from a firearm. Polk was also charged with being an accessory after the fact.

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