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Durham teen had previously attempted suicide, had drug problems

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Jesus Huerta was in the custody of Officer Samuel Duncan when he died Tuesday. Jesus Huerta was in the custody of Officer Samuel Duncan when he died Tuesday.
DURHAM, N.C. -

911 calls released Wednesday shed some light on the death of a teen who died while in the custody of Durham police. 

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said Jesus Huerta, a student at Riverside High School, was in the custody of Officer Samuel Duncan when he died Tuesday.

Lopez said Duncan was transporting Huerta to police headquarters to pick up a warrant charging the teen with second-degree trespassing. When Duncan arrived at police headquarters, he heard a loud noise in the car and Duncan jumped from the vehicle.

In one call made to 911, a Durham officer said there were "shots fired." In the same call, the officer requested EMS for treatment of a gunshot wound and said the victim was not breathing.

In a separate call, Huerta's sister called 911 to report her brother had left. The caller told the dispatcher that Huerta had left before and tried to take his life.

The caller also said he had been using drugs and the family put him into a rehab program.

Duncan has been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure.

Huerta has faced charges before including possession of a burglary tool, resisting a public officer and trespassing on Feb. 16. He was charged with second trespassing on Nov. 12, 2012 and then possession of marijuana with intent to sell in Oct. 2012.

All of those charges were dismissed.

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