Officer shoots man in custody after emergency services scuffle

DURHAM, NC (AP) – A man in police custody was shot dead early Saturday and killed in an emergency room in North Carolina after fighting with an officer, officials said.

The man was in the custody of Durham police and was receiving treatment at Duke University Hospital, news reports reported.

While receiving treatment, he began wrestling with an officer and took his gun, Duke Health Director Sarah Avery said in a statement.

A Duke University officer responded and shot the man, according to the statement. Duke Health medical staff cared for the man, but he did not survive. No one else was injured.

Duke University police have contacted the State Bureau of Investigation to assist with the investigation.

The emergency room remained open with reduced capacity while authorities entered the scene.

Neither the man nor the officials involved were immediately identified. It was unclear why the man was arrested and why he received medical treatment.

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