Cop shoots man in custody after fight in ER

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DURHAM, North Carolina (UKTN) — A man in police custody was fatally shot in a North Carolina emergency room early Saturday after getting into a fight with an officer, officials said.

The man was being held by Durham Police and receiving treatment at Duke University Hospital, media reported.

While receiving treatment, he began to struggle with an officer and took his gun, Duke health director Sarah Avery said in a statement.

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

The Duke University Police Department contacted the State Bureau of Investigation to help with the investigation.

The emergency room remained open with reduced capacity as authorities combed the scene.

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

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