New details revealed about Durham officer-involved shooting at gas station

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Friday, January 14, 2022
New details revealed about Durham officer-involved shooting
Documents showed Durham officers fired through a locked door in an effort to save a Circle K store clerk who was being attacked by a Chapel Hill man.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Court documents revealed new details about the police shooting in Durham early Wednesday morning.

It began as police responded to a suicide attempt just before 3:30 a.m. at the Circle K on Highway 54, not far from Streets at Southpoint.

The 911 caller, Camara Turner, 31, told dispatchers that a man was in the store and was cutting himself in the neck with a bottle.

By the time officers arrived, the man, identified as 51-year-old Charles Walker Piquet, was on top of Turner and was stabbing the store clerk with a "sharp weapon.".

The convenience store's door was locked, so Officer R.V. Gamboa shot through the glass, striking Piquet. Officers entered the store and when Piquet ignored commands to drop the weapon, they fired more shots.

Officer B.N. Vasquez also fired her weapon.

Piquet, of Chapel Hill, died at the scene. The clerk was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

As is standard procedure, both Durham police officers are on administrative leave, with pay, pending an investigation.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case.