A Duke University police officer shot dead a detained man in the emergency room of Duke University Hospital late Friday night after he grabbed another officer’s gun, officials in North Carolina said.
The unidentified man was taken to the hospital’s emergency department for an unspecified medical condition after being detained by the Durham Police Department, officials said.
A struggle ensued when the detainee wrestled away the Durham officer’s gun, authorities reported.
Duke, a top-echelon school located on a sprawling campus in Durham, employs both police and security officers. The police officers with the university system are fully deputized and function as city officers.
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A police officer fatally shot a man being held in custody and treated at Duke University Hospital late Friday night
The State Bureau of Investigations is conducting an investigation into the deadly incident
A Duke University police officer responded to the scene and fatally shot the man, Duke officials said.
Hospital staff immediately began treating the man but were unable to save him. Officials are notifying his family, a hospital spokesperson said.
The Durham police officer was also treated for unspecified injuries after the shooting but has since been released. No one else was injured.
Authorities have not confirmed how many times the man was shot or why he was in custody or in the emergency department late Friday night.
Officials from the State Bureau of Investigations were at the scene beginning an investigation into the deadly altercation early Saturday morning.
Both officers were wearing bodycams at the time of the shooting but footage has yet to be released. Investigators have also identified several witnesses.
The man was immediately treated for his wounds but did not survive. Officials have not shared why he was in custody and being treated at the emergency department
Hospital operations continued as scheduled through the night but have been reduced to accommodate the investigation.
The man fatally shot Friday night was the third killed by police in the area during the week.
A man was killed by two Durham officers Wednesday morning as he used a glass bottle to attack a Circle K employee and then tried to harm himself, authorities reported.
Another man was fatally shot by Raleigh police on Tuesday along Interstate 440 after he crashed his car. Authorities claim they received calls that he was intoxicated and reported he swung a knife at them.
Family and friends have identified the man as Daniel Turcios but denied that he would ever drink and drive.
The man was shot by a Duke University officer responding to the scene after he grabbed a Durham police officer’s gun in a struggle