17-Year-Old Dies In Durham Police Custody

1:25 PM, Nov 19, 2013   |    comments
Durham police investigate a possible shooting near police headquarters early Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Courtesy WRAL.
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DURHAM, N.C. -- A 17-year-old boy in Durham died Tuesday morning while in police custody.

According to WRAL-TV, Officer Samuel Duncan took Jesus Huerta to police headquarters on West Chapel Hill Street just before 3 a.m. to formally charge him with second-degree trespassing.

Police said Duncan heard a loud noise when he got to the parking lot and jumped out of the cruiser. The car rolled into a minivan.

Huerta was still in the back seat. 

WRAL obtained a statement from Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez that said, "Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear that any Durham police officer fired a weapon during this incident."

The State Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy on Huerta.

A Durham Public Schools' spokesperson said the boy was a student at Riverside High School.

The State Bureau of Investigation along with the police department's professional standard division and homicide unit are investigating the death.

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