DURHAM (AP) — A 911 recording shows a 17-year-old male in the back seat of a Durham police car died after a gunshot wound.
Police said that Jesus Huerta was in a patrol car driven by Officer Samuel Duncan in the parking lot of police headquarters around 3 a.m. Tuesday when he died. Duncan said he heard a loud noise and jumped from the car, allowing it to roll into a van.
Duncan asked for medical assistance for a gunshot wound, “approximately 18-year-old male, not breathing,” according to the recording released by the Durham Police Department.
Police Chief Jose Lopez said Tuesday that investigators did not know how Huerta died. Lopez said there is no indication Duncan or any officer fired a weapon.
Police would not talk about the 911 recording Wednesday.
Duncan is on leave during the investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.
Huetra’s brother said the family has not been told what happened.
“Wasn’t he handcuffed? Did they search him?” said Raziel Huerta, 27. “He didn’t have a gun. If there was a gun, I don’t know where it came from. Was it on the seat?”
The family thinks police picked up Jesus Huerta about two blocks from home. They don’t understand why he was charged with trespassing.
“Where was he trespassing?” Raziel Huerta asked. “He was walking down the street. It’s a free country.”