Hillsborough police get unlikely assist in gun suspect’s arrest

From staff reportsNovember 1, 2013 

— Town police officers and Public Works employees teamed up Monday to recover a handgun discarded by a suspect that morning.

During the early morning hours, officers encountered several subjects involved in possible drug activity behind a house on Harper Road while the officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant. As officers approached, one suspect ran away but was caught a short distance away and taken into custody.

Based on information at the scene, officers believed a weapon had been discarded into a thicket of thorny and sharp-spiked plants, which officers and a K9 unit described as “impenetrable.”

With the homeowner’s consent, Hillsborough police called for backup from Public Works. After looking over the thicket – largely made up of yucca-type plants – a crew from the town’s Public Works Department carefully cut enough into the shrubbery to enable officers to locate and safely recover the handgun.

“There is no way we would have been able to get to the gun without their assistance,” Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton said. “It was a great example of different town departments working together to solve a problem – in this case getting a gun off the streets.”

Gadist Claiborne, 24, of 920 Rome Ave. in Durham was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer and with possession of a firearm by a felon.

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