DURHAM, N.C. -- Authorities say a man was fatally shot in a struggle with three police officers in a public housing complex in Durham, North Carolina.
Durham Police Chief CJ Davis said the struggle began when three officers with the city’s violent crime team stopped a man for questioning, and he made a sudden move toward his waistband. The statement said at least one of the officers fired at the man after first hearing a shot fired Tuesday afternoon.
Davis says the man died and one of the officers suffered a leg injury, but not from a bullet.
The police chief says a gun that didn’t belong to the officers was found near the man’s body. The man killed hasn’t yet been identified.
Davis says the officers were in uniform, but were in an unmarked police car.
Davis says the officers were in the area patrolling after a recent increase in robberies and violent crime in the district. No dashcam video was captured of the shooting and body cameras won’t begin to be rolled out to Durham police until the beginning of 2017. Davis asked anyone who may have captured cell footage to come forward.
The officers were in uniform and riding in an unmarked police cruiser, according to Davis. The injured officer was still being treated at a hospital Tuesday afternoon and the two others were to be placed on administrative duty as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation investigates.