It began late Monday night when Durham police had tracked a suspect thought to be armed onto the campus, prompting officials to lock down the school about 10:15 p.m.
Around 1 a.m., NCCU police said officers spotted the man near Cecil and Lincoln streets and tried to talk to him. They said he pulled a shotgun from his waistband and fired shots at them. They returned fire, and the man ran into some woods near the School of Education.
A Durham Police Department dog was used to track the man. When officers found him, Campus Police Chief Tim Bellamy said he challenged officers with his gun and they fired.
"Officers gave the suspect certain commands and challenges. The suspect did not comply. The suspect produced a weapon, at which time our officers followed protocol, took action by use of force, and the suspect was pronounced dead a short time later," said Bellamy.
The man's name has not been released. Police say he was not a student. The campus lockdown was lifted around 1:15 a.m.
The State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case, which Bellamy said is standard procedure in a police shooting.
Classes in the School of Education were relocated until late Tuesday afternoon while the investigation continued.