Durham Man Arrested on Murder Charge
Durham police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Thursday morning on Holloway Street near Raynor Street.
Officers were flagged down on Holloway Street shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and told that a man had been shot. Witnesses told police that the victim and suspect were seen in an argument in the 1700 block of Holloway Street before one shot was fired. Officers found the wounded man, identified as Benjamin Keith Smith, 51, of Durham, in a nearby parking lot. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Responding officers were able to locate and apprehend the suspect, Taki D. Farley, 22, of Durham, after a brief chase. Farley, who is a convicted felon, was found in possession of a handgun. He was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for this incident, and larceny of motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle in reference to an unrelated car theft that happened on Chautauqua Street earlier in the morning. Farley is being held at the Durham County Jail with no bond.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cramer at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29284 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.