DURHAM: Officers not at fault in Sept. shooting at NCCU - WNCN: News, Weather

Durham officers not at fault in Sept. shooting at NCCU

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Charges will not be brought against N.C. Central police officers who shot and killed a man on campus Sept. 23, Durham District Attorney Leon Stanback said Tuesday.

Police identified the man as Tracey Daquan Bost, of Charlotte, was shot and killed after police said he was involved in a breaking and entering at a nearby residence where "numerous handguns" were stolen, among other items. An armed robbery involving the same suspect was then reported shortly after the breaking and entering.

After receiving a description of the suspects, an unarmed campus security officer observed a suspect matching the description and having some of the property taken during burglary and robbery.

At the time, police said Bost fired at officers, who then shot and killed him near Cecil Street and Lincoln Street just off campus.

He died at the scene and the three officers involved were put on paid administrative leave.

Stanback said the officers acted appropriately.

“The evidence shows that Mr. Bost discharged his weapon at NCCU law enforcement officers during a brief investigatory detention, before fleeing that scene to another location,” Stanback wrote in a letter dated April 15. “Mr. Bost took cover in a thicket located on the campus of NCCU, where he continued to threaten law enforcement with additional gun fire. He ignored the multiple commands by law enforcement to relinquish his weapon and surrender, thus placing the officers in danger of great bodily harm and death. Officers returned fire, which resulted in Mr. Bost’s death.

“Although this is a tragic turn of events, nothing from the complete investigative report indicates any willful, malicious or criminally negligent conduct by law enforcement or the existence of the use of unreasonable or excessive force.”

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