Durham police: Officers heard shot before 1 fatally shot man

9OYS - Crime - Shooting

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A police report says three North Carolina officers involved in last week’s fatal shooting of a 34-year-old man heard a gunshot before one fired his weapon.

According to a preliminary report released late Tuesday, Frank Clark of Durham reached for his waistband while being questioned Nov. 22 at a public housing complex. Officer M.D. Southerland fell to the ground, and officer C.S. Barkley shot Clark.

Clark died at the scene. Southerland was treated and released from a hospital for a leg injury.

A woman who identified herself as Clark’s sister has said he didn’t have a gun when he was shot.

The report says officers found a loaded 9mm handgun next to Clark that was reported stolen in January.

A police spokeswoman has said Clark and all three officers are African-American.