Durham police charge man in fatal November shooting

Fredrick McQuaig
Fredrick McQuaig

Durham police investigators have charged Fredrick McQuaig, 45, of Durham with murder in a fatal shooting last month.

Officers responded to a shooting call in the 500 block of Massey Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Nov. 5. They found Jake Spruiell, 44, inside a car and discovered he had been shot. He was taken to the hospital, where he died Nov. 20.

McQuaig was charged with murder Friday. He is currently in Central Prison in Raleigh, where he is incarcerated on a parole violation.

Spruiell and McQuaig knew each other, according to investigators.

In 1992, McQuaig was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and second-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor breaking and entering. He was released in December 1997.

In 1999, he was convicted of second-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serous injury. He was released in December 2009, and his parole ended in August 2018.

As of Dec. 1, there had been 29 homicides in Durham this year, according to the Police Department website.

There were 18 homicides by the same time last year, and 38 homicides by the same time the year before that.

All told, as of Dec. 1, reported violent crime in Durham was down 16.2 percent, according to the police website.

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Mark Schultz is the deputy metro editor for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He has been an editor, reporter and photographer in North Carolina for 30 years.