DURHAM—A 21-year-old man has died following a deadly officer involved shooting in Durham.
The incident happened in the 1700 block of Angier Ave. 10:30 Saturday morning.
"Officers responded to 1702 Angier Ave., on a call of a suicidal, armed male,” said Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez.
Chief Lopez said officers attempted to negotiate with the man, who is identified as Lavante Biggs, in the front yard of the property.
"And for an extended period of time, the negotiated the situation, trying to get him to put the gun down and bring this to a more positive conclusion,” said Chief Lopez.
Unfortunately, Chief Lopez said the situation took a turn for the worst.
"The young male produced a gun and started walking toward the officers, at which time the officers were forced to fire upon him,” he said.
Four officers shot the man, who was taken to the hospital and later died.
"The SBI has been called out and they will be conducting an independent investigation in regards to this shooting,” said Chief Lopez.
As the investigation continues, Chief Lopez wants the young man’s family to know they are in his thoughts.
"Our hearts and prayers are with them during this tragic situation,” he said.
The four officers involved were Richard Armstrong, Anthony Cisternas, Landon Harvey and Jason Holmes.
The officers are now on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.