Crime & Courts

NC police officer shoots man holding McDonald’s worker

A Durham police officer shot and wounded a man who police found holding a McDonald's employee in the darkened restaurant after they answered a report that a robbery was happening, authorities said.

The man was conscious when he was rushed to Duke University Hospital from the restaurant at 3117 Tower Blvd., near South Square and just off Durham Chapel Hill Boulevard.

Police went to the McDonald’s shortly before 4 a.m., spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

The restaurant was dark, but officers could see people moving inside, she said.

A man had his arm around a female worker’s neck and threatened to kill her, police said.

She was unhurt.

Police did not day if officers saw a gun or if the man they shot claimed to have one.

The officer who fired was put on paid administrative leave, which is done for any officer who shoots someone in the line of duty, Michael noted.

The officer’s name was not disclosed early Wednesday. Police Chief Jose Lopez was scheduled to discuss the case later in the day.

The State Bureau of Investigation looks into all shootings by law enforcement officers and was called to the McDonald’s.

Michael said the police department’s Professional Standards and Criminal Investigations divisions also were investigating.