Durham, North Carolina – A Duke University police officer shot and killed a man in the emergency department of Duke University Hospital late Friday night, officials say.
Officials say the man was in the custody of the Durham Police Department at the time of the shooting. There was a scuffle and the man managed to take the gun from the Durham officer.
A Duke University police officer who responded to the scene shot the man, Duke officials said. Officials did not say how many times the man was shot and provided no additional information on how the shooting occurred.
Hospital trauma staff immediately began treating the man who was shot, but he did not survive.
As protocol, the Duke University Police Department contacted the State Bureau of Investigations. State officials were at the hospital conducting an investigation early Saturday morning.
Officers involved in this incident were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting.
The Durham police officer was also treated for injuries in hospital on Friday evening, but officials did not say how badly he was injured.
Emergency department capacity has been reduced, university officials said, while the shooting is under investigation.
He is the third man killed by a police officer in the Triangle this week. On Tuesday, Raleigh police killed a man after responding to a crash on the side of Interstate 440. The next day, Durham police shot and killed a man inside a Circle K that was making trouble as well as an employee of the gas station.
Duke University has about 70 police officers on staff and provides security for Duke University and its health care system, according to Duke’s website. Duke employs both police and security guards. Police officers in the university system are fully deputized and function like municipal officers.
A job description for Duke police officers says the university is looking for someone who “maintains the sanctity of all lives in every encounter. Defuses difficult situations, volatile, violent, or threatening behavior while remaining calm, empathetic and maintaining impulse control.