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Durham DA: NCCU officers were justified in shooting

Posted April 15

— The Durham County District Attorney's Office issued a statement Tuesday absolving campus police at North Carolina Central University of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of Tracy Daquan Bost, 22, of Charlotte, in September. 

N.C. Central and Durham police were searching for a robbery suspect Sept. 23, 2013, when they came upon Bost. He fired a shotgun at officers near the intersection of Cecil and Lincoln streets, then fired additional shots from the cover of some bushes.

"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," District Attorney Leon Stanback wrote.

"Although this is a tragic tum 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." 

Stanback's report means the three campus officers involved in the shooting will not face criminal charges.

According to an autopsy report, Bost was shot once in the chest and once in the left thigh. The bullet to the chest broke apart and wounded his heart and lungs, killing him, the report states.

A toxicology report found that Bost had no drugs or alcohol in his system other than antihistamine.

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  • Obamacare for America Apr 15, 7:05 p.m.

    Glad to see this problem self corrected itself and no one got hurt.

  • workingforthosethatwont Apr 15, 6:35 p.m.

    hooray for the officers involved! now provide them with some counseling to deal with the stress of the investigation.

  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 15, 2:41 p.m.

    "no one likes to see anyone die."

    You must be new to wral.com's comment section. Welcome - what... View More

    — Posted by rduwxboy

    I'm not sure that I totally agree with that but they sure do like lie in what for it to happen to push the ol gun control agenda.

  • PJM Apr 15, 2:41 p.m.

    NCCU protects & serves better than the Durham Police department!

  • zacksmill Apr 15, 2:27 p.m.

    ..."bullet to the chest broke apart and wounded his heart and lungs"...
    Hollow point.

  • rduwxboy Apr 15, 2:02 p.m.

    "no one likes to see anyone die."

    You must be new to wral.com's comment section. Welcome - what a refreshing statement!

  • LetsBeFair Apr 15, 1:51 p.m.

    no one likes to see anyone die. sure glad no one else was injured, especially the brave officers involved.