Man in custody shot and killed in Duke University Hospital emergency department


A man in police custody at Duke University Hospital was fatally shot by a university police officer after a fight Friday night, hospital officials said Saturday.

The man was under arrest and in the custody of a Durham police officer when a fight broke out between them in the emergency room, a hospital spokesman told The News & Observer.

During the scuffle, the man, who has not been identified, took the officer’s gun, hospital officials said.

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A Duke University police officer came to help and shot the man, officials said. The man was immediately treated by trauma personnel but did not survive.

Authorities are notifying his family, the spokesperson said.

The Duke University Police Department notified the State Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the shooting. It’s standard protocol whenever someone is shot by an officer.

Both officers were wearing body cameras, the spokesperson said, and investigators have identified witnesses.

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The Durham police officer was treated for his injuries and released from hospital, according to the spokesperson.

No patients or hospital staff were injured, the spokesperson said, and no hospital or emergency department operations were halted.

Hospital officials are expected to provide an update Saturday morning, the spokesperson said.


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