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Preliminary Report: Durham Man Shot By Trooper Was Shot In Back

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— A Durham man killed in an officer-involved shooting in February was shot in the back, according to a preliminary report released Monday (July 10) by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and reported by WRAL.

Authorities said Willard Eugene Scott Jr. failed to stop on U.S. Highway 501 near Duke Street on Feb. 12 when Trooper Jerimy Mathis turned on sirens and blue lights.

After a brief pursuit, Scott exited his vehicle and began to run. During the chase, Mathis fired his gun and struck Scott, who authorities said had displayed a gun. Scott was transported to Duke Regional Hospital where he later died.

The report states Scott sustained a gunshot wound to the left side of his lower back and “the trajectory of the wound track is back to front.” Scott also sustained a gunshot wound to his buttocks.

The report states Scott died on the operating table as a result of “major aortic injury with massive blood loss.”

The Durham NAACP on Saturday held a rally demanding that autopsy results be released. Following the release of the report, the organization issued a statement calling on the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate Mathis’ actions and release any video, audio or documents pertaining to the incident to the family.

The NAACP also called on the Durham district attorney to prosecute Mathis and called on the North Carolina Highway Patrol to implement de-escalation training for officers.

“Accountability is the only way to stop these killings all across the country. As long as officers are being let off the hook in each case, the next officer will think they can get away with it too,” the NAACP said in a statement.

The Highway Patrol declined to comment in response to the report.

SBI officials said the investigation is not yet complete due to outstanding lab reports.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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