Several people who made calls to 911 said they heard gunshots at an apartment complex on Hillcrest Dr.
An officer who was patrolling the area at that time, said he heard eight to nine shots and asked for backup.
Two officers responded to the back of the complex on Sedgefield St. They said they saw a man with a gun come around the side of the building.
When the uniformed officers confronted the man, they said he pointed a gun and one of the officers. Police said their preliminary investigation indicates that one of the officers, J.R. Broadwell, shot the man after he failed to drop the gun.
The male, who police have not identified, was taken to Duke University Hospital. He died Thursday afternoon.
Officer Broadwell has been a Durham police officer for ten years.
The SBI and the Durham Police Department's Professional Standards Division is investigating the shooting as part of standard procedure for any officer invovlved shooting.
Both of the officers are on administrative duty with pay, also as standard procedure.