Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

A Duke University police officer shot and killed a man in the emergency department at Duke University Hospital late Friday night, according to officials.

Officials say the man was remanded in custody by the Durham Police Department at the time of the shooting. There was a fight and the man managed to take the Durham officer’s gun.

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 did not provide further details on how the shooting took place.

Trauma staff at the hospital began treating the man, who was shot immediately, but he did not survive.

As a record, the Duke University Police Department contacted the State Bureau of Investigations. Public officials at the hospital were 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 at the hospital on Friday night, but officials did not say to what extent he was injured. No other patients or hospital staff were physically injured.

The capacity of the emergency department was reduced, university officials said, while the shooting is being investigated.

This is the third man who was shot and 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 who injured himself and a gas station employee.

Duke University employs about 70 police officers and provides security for Duke University and its healthcare system, according to Duke’s website. Duke employs both police and security officers. The police officers with the university system are full deputies and act as city officers.

A job description for Duke police officers says the university is looking for someone who will “maintain the sanctity of all life in any meeting. Deescalate difficult situations, fleeting, violent or threatening behavior while remaining calm, empathetic and maintaining impulse control.”

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