Man cut his neck then attacked clerk before being killed by Durham police, warrant says

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A man had cut his own neck then began stabbing a gas station clerk before he was shot and killed by Durham police on Wednesday, a warrant says.

Court documents were released Friday to detail the events that led up to Charles Walker Piquet, 51, being shot and killed.

At 3:26 a.m., Durham police were dispatched to the Circle K in the 100 block of Highway 54 in response to an attempted suicide.

Police said 31-year-old Camara Turner, the gas station’s clerk, called 911 to report a man she didn’t know came into the store and started to cut his neck with a bottle, the warrant says. 

Officer Richard Gamboa arrived and found the store’s doors were locked and also saw blood on the floor inside the business. 

Gamboa then saw a man, identified as Piquet, on top of the Turner, stabbing her, according to the warrant.

Since the doors were locked, Gamboa shot through the glass of the doors, striking Piquet, the warrant says. 

A second officer, Brittney Vasquez, then arrived at the Circle K and went inside the store with Gamboa. 

The officers gave Piquet commands before Vasquez shot him, the warrant says. 

Both officers began to render aid to Turner and Piquet. 

Piquet died at the scene while Turner was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 

A spokesperson with Circle K told CBS 17 that Turner is recovering from her injuries from the attack and is expected to fully recover.

Authorities have still not said how many shots were fired or where Piquet was struck.

It’s still not known why Piquet would attack the store clerk.

CBS 17 could not find where Piquet had a criminal record for anything violent, just some traffic violations.

A black 2004 Ford pickup with a Florida license plate was found parked by the store. An investigation found the truck was registered to a relative of Piquet. 

A search warrant was requested for the truck.

On Wednesday, Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews said the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, as is standard procedure with officer-involved shootings.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave with pay.

A spokesperson with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation told CBS 17 that the investigation into this shooting remains ongoing.

Once an investigation is complete, the case file is then submitted to the respective district attorney for review.

This was the third officer-involved shooting in the area since Sunday.

An off-duty Cumberland County deputy shot and killed a man on Sunday during an altercation, police said.

On Tuesday, Raleigh police said an officer shot a man armed with a knife following a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 440.

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