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Police ID man killed by NCCU officers

Posted September 25, 2013
Updated September 26, 2013

— Police on Wednesday identified the man who was killed late Monday after twice exchanging gunfire with campus police at North Carolina Central University.

Tracy Daquan Bost, of Charlotte, fired a shotgun at officers who confronted him because he matched the description of a suspected robber that Durham police were searching for, N.C. Central Police Chief Tim Bellamy said.

Campus police returned fire, and Bost ran into some woods near the School of Education, Bellamy said. He exchanged gunfire with officers again a short time later and was killed.

The incident prompted university officials to lock down the campus for about three hours.

Bost, who officials said wasn't a student at N.C. Central, was released from the Durham County jail on Sunday after spending more than four months there for a probation violation, according to the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

Before that, he was paroled in May after serving more than a year in prison on fraud and forgery charges. His criminal record dates to 2008 and includes convictions on various breaking and entering, larceny and assault charges, according to state Department of Public Safety records.

Three campus officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is reviewed by the State Bureau of Investigation. That is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting.

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  • lovingu4ever80 Sep 26, 11:41 a.m.

    Yall are stupid, OBAMA doesn't have anything to do with this, this young man decided to go on a robbing spree and decided if he get caught he was going to fight his way out because he didn't want to go to jail. I work for the jail and he was talking the inmates and he did what he say. So talk what you know, he decided his fate.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 26, 10:30 a.m.

    Jes - "The only way to prevent some criminals from committing even more crimes and victims is to put them up in prison and keep them there through tough sentencing. If they are not in prison, then they will be committing more crimes."

    The only PERMANENT way to stop a criminal from committing more crimes is the Death Penalty. I knnow, the Death Penalty doesn't apply in this case. But it IS the only permanent way. A person in prison can still commit crimes against residents or guards. And if they escape, the public is in danger. A dead man can't escape or hurt anyone.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 25, 3:55 p.m.

    A person - "Wait, a criminal with a gun. Obama says that that is not possible. This must be a 'fake shooting'"

    Not an O fan, never voted for the guy, never would - but that is NOT what he said.

  • SaveEnergyMan Sep 25, 3:30 p.m.

    I cannot question the use of force in this instance. The police were protecting themselves and all of the students.

    I feel for his family and hope they understand the mistake he made and consequences for those actions.

    I especially feel for the officers involved. It is never easy to take a life, even when completely justified. May they find peace with their actions and the lives that may have been saved.

  • Mike H Sep 25, 3:29 p.m.

    mojaintsmall: When someone puts your life in immediate peril, the correct response is to meet the threat with force.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sep 25, 3:17 p.m.

    "Not with another example of police acting as judge, jury and executioner which seems to be happening more and more in North Carolina. mojaintsmall"

    And what would you have liked the LEO's to do - invite him to have coffee so that they could discuss his issues? What if this had happened in the daytime and he had been shooting at students? Would you have approved of them acting as judge, jury and executioner then?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 25, 3:12 p.m.

    NeilNBob - "Doesn't everyone?"

    No!

    Plus it's illegal for a felon to have a firearm of any kind, not that convicted felons obey laws to begin with.

  • A person Sep 25, 3:11 p.m.

    Wait, a criminal with a gun. Obama says that that is not possible. This must be a "fake shooting"

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 25, 3:06 p.m.

    Jes - "The only way to prevent some criminals from committing even more crimes and victims is to put them up in prison and keep them there through tough sentencing. If they are not in prison, then they will be committing more crimes."

    Exactly!

    It's so simple!

    Why can't our justice system figure that out, unless one of their own is the victim of one of these repeated offenders?

    If we don't have enough prisons, make the prisoners help build more - with appropriate supervision that is, else some wise acre will figure out how to put tunnels and escape hatches in them.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 25, 3:04 p.m.

    mojaintsmall - "Not with another example of police acting as judge, jury and executioner which seems to be happening more and more in North Carolina."

    Once he fired upon them, they had every right to do that.

    He should have stayed home and out of trouble, then he'd still be alive.

    That he didn't can't be blamed on the cops.

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