A statement released this morning by NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White explained that a suspect of a criminal investigation fled to the campus’s vicinity and was pursued by NCCU and Durham Police at approximately 10:15 p.m. Monday. The campus was put on lockdown shortly after the police arrived.
Chief of NCCU Police Timothy Bellamy said that shots were fired at the intersection of Cecil and Lincoln Street near the School of Education building, and the suspect was pronounced dead on arrival. He said that three officers were present at the incident and none were injured.
The suspect was not a student, Bellamy said, and his identification is not yet known by NCCU police.
Saunders-White’s statement noted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is now responsible for managing the investigation, and that classes and events in the School of Education building have been relocated.
After the lockdown was lifted, the NCCU Twitter account advised students to avoid areas around Cecil, Burlington Avenue, 55/Alston Avenue and Lincoln Street.
Bellamy noted that the area is still an active crime scene, though NCCU police are no longer involved in the investigation.
The officers involved in the incident are not currently on duty, Bellamy said, and will be on administrative duties later this week.
The statement by Saunders-White said that counseling services will be made available to students and a Town Hall meeting will be held.
"Additional communication will be forthcoming," it read.
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