Man shot dead outside Duke University Hospital

Two Duke University Police officers were involved in a shooting outside the facility early Saturday morning

March 13, 2010 6:49:23 PM PST
Duke University Police say two of their officers were involved in a shooting outside the front entrance of Duke University Hospital early Saturday.

It happened shortly after 1 a.m. at the main entrance of Duke North and a man died.

A university spokesperson said the dead man was taken to The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill. He has not yet been positively identified, but Duke said there was no immediate indication that the incident involved an employee, patient or patient family member. Witnesses told ABC11 that the dead man appeared to be in his 40s.

Police Chief John Dailey says one officer was treated for a minor injury.

“Incidents like this are very difficult emotionally for the officers involved,” said Duke Police Chief John Dailey. “We’re working with these two members of our team to provide support through Duke’s employee assistance program.”

Dailey identified the officers as Larry Carter, who has been employed by Duke Police for 23 years, and Jeffrey Liberto, who has been employed for two years.

Investigators have not released any other information about what happened. The State Bureau of Investigation and the Duke University Police Department are investigating.

The spokesperson said access to the primary entrance to Duke University Hospital was temporarily restricted while the investigation continued. Patient care was not interrupted.

“Our first priority is the safety and security of our patients, visitors, students, staff and others,” Dailey said. “We plan to review the results of the investigation carefully to ensure our procedures are appropriate and solid."

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