Man Fatally Shot at Duke University Hospital by Campus Police Officer

Authorities say the Duke shooting was prompted by a struggle between the man and Durham officers. The man was able to take away the gun of one of the officers.

Man Fatally Shot at Duke University Hospital by Campus Police Officer

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Durham, North Carolina – A male patient being treated at Duke University Hospital who was in the custody of the Durham Police Department was shot and killed by a Duke University police officer Friday evening.

The incident happened around 11 p.m. as the man was being treated in the hospital’s emergency department, reports ABC11.

Authorities say there was a struggle between the male forensic patient and officers, and the man was able to take a Durham officer’s gun, reports WITN. Duke officials say the Duke University officer who responded to the incident shot the man. It’s not clear how many times the Duke University police officer’s gun was fired.

Hospital staff attempted to revive the patient, but he died at the scene. No other patients were injured during the ordeal, but one Durham police officer was treated immediately after the incident.

The officers involved in the incident were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting. The State Bureau of Investigations is investigating the matter.

On Monday, WRAL reported that the hospital issued the following statement about the shooting:

“This tragic incident is the subject of an active investigation by the SBI, as required by law, and Duke has no further comment at this time. We remain grateful to the police officers from the Durham and Duke police departments for their quick and selfless action to prevent potential harm to others, and to the Duke health care professionals who immediately acted to protect the safety of their patients.”

The identity of the forensic patient who was fatally shot has not been released.

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