A Duke University police officer fatally shot a man being held in custody at the Duke University Hospital late Friday night after a struggle broke out, officials confirmed.
The unidentified man was being held by the Durham Police Department and being treated at the hospital’s emergency department, officials reported.
A struggle ensued when the detainee took a Durham officer’s gun, authorities reported.
A Duke University police officer fatally shot a man being held in custody and treated at the University Hospital late Friday night
The man was shot after he grabbed a Durham police officer’s gun in an struggle
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 injuries after the shooting and since been released from the hospital, but officials did not clarify what his injuries he sustained. No one else was physically 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.
Hospital operations continued as scheduled through the night but has been reduced to accommodate the investigation.