Praise for NCCU in wake of shooting incident
N.C. Central University campus police officers involved in the fatal shooting last month of an armed man near the edge of campus were applauded Friday for their quick response to the potentially deadly threat.
UNC system President Tom Ross highlighted the officers, NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White and Campus Police Chief Timothy Bellamy during his monthly report to the UNC Board of Governors.
Ross said the skill in which the three officers responded to reports of an armed gunman on campus is why active shooter training exercises such as the one jointly conducted last month by Winston Salem State University and the UNC School of the Arts are important.
“On Sept. 24, the importance of that kind of intensive training became all too real when North Carolina Central University police shot and killed a gunman on the edge of campus,” Ross said. “Fortunately, no one else was hurt, but the officers twice came under shotgun fire and when that happened, their training kicked in.”
Tracy Daquan Bost, 22, who was sought by Durham police in connection with a residential break-in and armed robbery, was shot and killed in a wooded area near the School of Education after he refused to surrender and twice fired on campus police.
The incident caused the campus to be locked down for several hours.
“In the hours that followed, in a trying and stressful environment, and just a couple of months into the job, Chancellor Debra Saunders-White responded with remarkable decisiveness and calm, balanced with great sensitivity,” Ross said. “I want to personally thank her and her entire team, particularly N.C. Central Police Chief [Timothy] Bellamy, for the manner in which they handled this incident.”