Support Offered to Two Officers Involved in Early-Morning Incident

March 13, 2010

Duke University Police officials Saturday said they were providing counseling and support for two officers involved in an early-morning shooting in which a man died outside the front entrance of Duke University Hospital.

“Incidents like this are very difficult emotionally for the officers involved,” said Duke Police Chief John Dailey. “We’re working with these two members of our team to provide support through Duke’s employee assistance program.”

Dailey identified the officers as Larry Carter, who has been employed by Duke Police for 23 years, and Jeffrey Liberto, who has been employed for two years.

The deceased individual has been taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill. He has not yet been positively identified. There is no immediate indication that he was a hospital employee, patient or patient family member.

The university and health system leadership were informed immediately after the incident occurred and a number of Duke officials worked at the scene throughout the early morning, Dailey said.

Duke Police and the State Bureau of Investigation are continuing their investigation into the incident, which temporarily restricted access to the hospital’s primary entrance. Officials described the incident as an isolated event that occurred outside the facility and presented no ongoing safety or security issue at the hospital. Patient care was not interrupted.

Duke Police have the primary policing responsibility at the hospital and other parts of the Duke campus.

“Our first priority is the safety and security of our patients, visitors, students, staff and others,” Dailey said. “We plan to review the results of the investigation carefully to ensure our procedures are appropriate and solid."