Ondrae Levado Hutchinson Grabs Police Officer’s Gun and Gets Shot
Body-camera video released by the Durham Police Department shows the fatal shooting of a man by an officer in March.
Ondrae Levado Hutchinson, 30, was shot by police on March 30 during a domestic dispute at a home in Durham on Bevel Court, near Carpenter Road. He was rushed for medical treatment to a local hospital, where he died.
A report released five days after the shooting said to be the mother of Hutchinson’s child had called 911 to report that Hutchinson was damaging property inside the house.
The body-cam video shows Hutchinson on the street outside his house, saying that officers can’t touch him and that he is “righteous.”
When police first arrive, the video shows Hutchinson yelling in the home’s driveway. At one point, he asks why officers don’t have their guns pulled.
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One officer pats Hutchinson down, looking for weapons before Hutchinson moves into a garage, where another officer is interviewing the woman, who’s holding a toddler.
Hutchinson confronts that officer, saying he shouldn’t be talking to the woman.
One officer tries to get Hutchinson to go back outside, but he refuses.
Another officer threatens to handcuff Hutchinson if he doesn’t go outside.
A struggle ensues, and Hutchinson tells the woman to get his phone so he can start streaming the encounter.
For about two minutes, officers try to handcuff Hutchinson in the garage.
Hutchinson hits one of the officers, and officers use a stun gun on him.
One officer tells Hutchinson at gunpoint “I will shoot you” multiple times, and Hutchinson tells officers to let him go.
Three shots are heard on the camera, and officers call for help.
Four officers were placed on administrative leave during investigations. The district attorney said there was insufficient evidence for filing criminal charges.
Vanrea Lynch, Hutchinson’s mother, has seen the dash cam video – all of it.
“Some of it was graphic,” she said.
During a phone interview with WRAL News, she pointed to a moment in the video where he said he was unarmed.
“He said, ‘You can search me, I don’t have anything on me,'” she said.
Police were called to the home by the mother of the 1-year-old. Lynch said Hutchinson told the toddler’s mother that he didn’t care if she called the police.
The struggle with police in the garage ended in gunfire and Hutchinson’s death.
After watching the video, Lynch said she does not see how it had to end that way.
“I didn’t see where it was something that would lead to him being shot,” she said.
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