NJ Correctional Police Officer Stabbed To Death By 18-Year-Old Neighbor

Sandy Malone

NJ Correctional Police Officer William "Timmy" Durham was fatally stabbed.

Vineland, NJ – A 51-year-old New Jersey Department of Corrections correctional police officer was stabbed to death off-duty on Monday night by an 18-year-old neighbor who had “terrorized” his family for weeks.

Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 105 Vice President Mike Gallagher said the trouble began between the neighbors when 51-year-old Correctional Police Officer William “Timmy” Durham Sr.’s wife, Catherine, told 18-year old Zachary Latham to slow down after she saw him speeding up the street a few weeks ago, NJ.com reported.

Gallagher said Latham cursed out Catherine Durham and then began harassing the Durham family online.

A friend told NJ.com that Latham had “terrorized” them for several weeks.

He said the fight on Monday started after Latham swerved towards one of the Durhams’ sons as he was driving down the street shortly before 8 p.m., NJ.com reported.

That’s when Catherine Durham yelled at Latham again and he punched her, which set off the series of confrontations on May 4 that led to the officer’s death.

Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said that Latham and his wife argued with Officer Durham and his wife in front of the Durham’s home, NJ.com reported.

“It was reported by witnesses that a confrontation had occurred moments earlier between Latham and his wife and Durham Sr. and his wife, Catherine T. Durham,” Webb-McRae said in a statement released Wednesday, the Daily Journal reported.

The prosecutor said that Latham left and went home and armed himself with a knife and a stun gun.

Latham told police that when he left the Durham’s house, he could see the off-duty officer and his sons – 21-year-old William Durham Jr. and a 17-year-old son – following him, according to NJ.com.

He confronted Officer Durham and his sons when they arrived at his residence.

The arrest affidavit said that Lathan told police one of the Durham’s took a “fighting stance” and the brawl began in the driveway, NJ.com reported

Two of Latham’s friend joined the fight against the three Durhams while Latham’s wife filmed the incident on her cell phone.

Police said the fight continued into Latham’s garage and that’s when the 18-year-old deployed the stun gun on Officer Durham, and then attacked him with two knives, NJ.com reported.

The complaint said Durham was stabbed in the back and the left arm.

One of the knives Latham used to stab his neighbor had a four-inch blade, NJ.com reported.

Court documents said Latham stabbed Officer Durham "multiple times with a four-inch fixed blade knife during a physical confrontation," and then also tried to stab his neighbor’s older son, the Daily Journal reported.

The complaint said “William T. Durham was fatally wounded by the defendant during a prolonged physical assault” and was pronounced dead at 9:19 p.m., NJ.com reported.

Latham was transported to Atlantic City Medical Center for treatment of a concussion, abrasions on his face and neck, and leg injuries, and was treated and released, the Daily Journal reported.

He was arrested and booked into the Cumberland County Jail.

Latham is facing charges of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, two second-degree counts of aggravated assault, and various weapons offenses, according to NJ.com.

Members of the Durham family were also facing charges.

Catherine Durham, who was married to Officer Durham for 32 years, has been charged with fourth-degree criminal trespass and simple assault, NJ.com reported.

The fallen officer’s sons were both charged with third-degree aggravated assault and fourth-degree criminal trespass.

The video filmed by Latham’s wife was taken by the police as evidence, according to the Daily Journal.

Gallagher, who previously worked with Officer Durham at South Woods State Prison, said his friend was “exceptional” and called his death a “senseless murder,” NJ.com reported.

“He was a family man and he died a hero defending his family,” he said.

Gallagher said Officer Durham had worked for the New Jersey Department of Corrections for 19 years, NJ.com reported.

Comments (47)
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2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Total ignorance on both sides! The corrections officer should have known to call the police and get them involved if this young punk has been harassing them for the past month. Nowadays, taking matters into your own hands never ends well. There is no such thing as any type of fair fight.

Marxest
Marxest

That's bogus! This appears to be a case of malicious prosecution and hiding the facts. Mr Zachary Latham looks like a well handsome adjusted and like-able teenager. We are now to take it upon the word of the Local 105 PBA that Mr Latham decided to murder a neighbor? I don't know if I believe the so called "victims" side of that story. It may be possible that the late correction officer William "Timmy" Durham was trying to groom that poor lad for his personal pleasure. I also don't buy that the newly widowed Catherine Durham was allegedly punched by Mr Latham. Mrs Durham may have made some sleazy sexual advance to Mr Latham and made a false claim of violence when he rejected the elderly woman (Women make false claims that lead to devastating consequences all of the time). The fact that the late Mr Durham and his belligerent posse of sons confronted Mr Latham on his property is a troubling event as it is. The only reason that Mr Latham is being charged with a crime is because the so called "victim" (Durham died because of his own aggression) is a Department of Correction Police Officer. Durham died during a fight he started. It wasn't murder. There's a strong case for self defense. I hope the facts come out and people don't rush to a judgement against young Zachary Latham.

JBoH
JBoH

So pointless.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Wonder if this kid realizes his anus will triple in size in a short period of time. RIP Officer, your killer will literally pay through his ass.

Stanracer
Stanracer

RIP Ofc. Durham. Your life mattered.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

I knew a cop one time whose neighborhood had several teenage boys, one of whom lived next door to the officer. The neighbor kid often had friends over, and they chatted in the open garage amongst trail bikes and other stuff. Because he was on good terms with the kid, the cop joined him and his friends in the garage one afternoon. As they sat there chatting another kid showed up in a car, got out and joined the group. After a couple minutes of chatter, the new arrival turned to the kid who lived there and said: "Mike, I need 2 & 1/2 pounds." Everyone froze.

After several seconds of silence, the off-duty cop excused himself with a "See ya later, Mike" comment. The cop never did call him out, but just let it go. Eventually Mike and his friends grew into adulthood and were much better for the manner in which the officer had handled the entire situation.

Ione
Ione

You are a idiot

JimSpencer327
JimSpencer327

Ted Bundy was a nice looking, affable and well spoken man who became one of America's most prolific serial killers!

KittieN
KittieN

The little psycho deserves to rot in that prison and his piece of shit wife should’ve been calling the police instead of filming a murder. Hope he likes prison life.. maybe he will have some time to work out, muscle up and grow some facial hair.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Sorta appears from the article the Durhams signed off on being neighborly or reliant on local authorities to investigate Mrs. Durham's claim to having been punched when they went as a family unit to Latham's property, with one of them taking up an aggressive stance. And since the subsequent brawl began in front of and into Latham's garage, don't be surprised if he is eventually cleared of all charges, either by a grand jury or at a criminal trial. Also wonder what the cell phone video shows.

SWAT
SWAT

Time to fire 🔥 up ol sparky!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I hate to agree with the trolls, but this wasn't murder.... If the facts are as reported, Officer Durham and his two sons were following an 18-year-old, to HIS house, and one of Durham's son's started the fight. Latham had the knife and stun gun to protect himself, and it appeared he was right to need them. Seeing the 3 on 1 fight, two of Lathams friends came to his defense, and Officer Durham died in the fight...

Sorry everyone, if I'm on the jury, I'm voting to acquit Latham of the actions he took in self-defense. Ofc Durham should have NEVER followed Latham. his family should have NEVER started the fight. Yes, Latham is no saint, and did several bad things beforehand; lets the law deal with it. Catherine Durham yelled at Latham, and he responded by punching her... Again, poor response on his part, but the "incident" was done. Call the cops, let them deal with Latham. But that's not what they did. Even if Latham was harassing them for weeks, Durham's family handled this poorly; and unfortunately, Ofc Durham paid the price for it.

JimSpencer327
JimSpencer327

There have been a number of serial killers who were charmers and able to talk their way out of jambs until some seasoned detective sees through them. Bottom line, this kid's looks should have 0 bearing on his guilt or innocence.

cops-kid
cops-kid

Crawl back up the ass you came from


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