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Durham police ID man killed, place 2 on leave after fatal officer-involved shooting

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Durham police released the identity of the man shot and killed by officers Wednesday night.

Shaun Jeffery Christy, 37, was shot by Durham officers after he displayed a weapon to them, officials said. It happened just after 8 p.m. at a shopping center on New Hope Commons Drive.

Officers performed CPR at the scene. Christy was taken to the hospital and died there soon after.

Officials also said that two Durham officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is said to be standard procedure in an officer-involved incident.

The two officers are Cpl. B. M. Glover, who joined the department in January 2006, and Officer G. F. Paschall, who joined in February 2015. Both are assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau.

The Durham officers had received information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office that a "suicidal man" was driving a red pickup truck in the area of a shopping center.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Christy was making calls to people he knew. He was saying he was going to hurt an individual, as well as himself. 

Around midday Wednesday, Orange County deputies began getting calls from those Christy had contacted. They called it a domestic-violence situation.

Late in the afternoon Wednesday, Orange County deputies learned he may be in Durham, so they sent out a BOLO. The alert noted that he may be armed an dangerous.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said that anyone with a family member or friend suffering from a mental-health illness or is stuck in a domestic-violence situation can reach out to resources like law enforcement or places like the Compass Center, Club Nova, or Cardinal Innovations.

"Anytime there is a shooting in Durham, and certainly anytime anyone is killed, it's a terrible, terrible tragedy," said Durham Mayor Steve Schewel.

Schewel said all DPD officers go through crisis intervention training.

"Sometimes, if someone is pointing a gun at them, that changes the situation, but I think that we need our police to be really well trained and understanding of people in those situations," he said.

According to DPD, all recruits in the academy receive 24 hours of mental health/Crisis Intervention training.

DPD spokesperson Kammie Michael said in 2017, all officers received eight hours of intensive mental health first aid training.

Michael said officers can also participate in a intensive 40-hour curriculum as part of an advanced crisis intervention training program. According to Michael, more than 40 percent of DPD officers received the advanced training, including Glover.

In a statement, Durham Police Chief CJ Davis said, "we would like to express our concern and condolences to everyone involved. Any loss of live is always a tragic event."

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