NB: This story is still developing and I’ll add any details as I get them.
The Durham News Dot Com announced with little notice the the conference was scheduled for three. WRAL announced:
Breaking News: Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez says Jesus Huerta, a 17-year-old who died in police custody last month, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
This was an obvious possibility, but still unknown is how he managed to be in posession of the firearm. It’s worth noting that Lopez’s press conference came suspiciously shortly after Huerta’s family took a 18000 person strong petition to the justice department demanding an investigation into the actions of the DPD.
Oh, it’s also unclear to me how releasing this information earlier would have interfered with the ongoing SBI investigation.
At this time, WRAL now has an actual news story on the conference. Not much else was really revealed, beyond the fact that apparently Huerta was cuffed.