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Suspect dead after shooting at North Carolina hospital that injured deputy, police say

Two people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were shot during a “scuffle” at a North Carolina hospital, officials say.

The suspect died after the Wednesday morning incident at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, the city’s police department said on Twitter.

Police later said the area was “rendered safe” but encouraged people to stay away.

The events unfolded after a person taken into deputies’ custody Tuesday night was having “medical problems” and taken to the hospital, Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright said during a news conference streamed by ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner.

The suspect tried to take a sheriff’s deputy’s weapon when a “scuffle” ensued in the emergency department, according to officials.

“Fortunately ... the deputy wrestled the subject and luckily that one of the Fayetteville PD officers was there to help subdue the subject,” the sheriff said.

The deputy “received a non-life threatening gunshot wound during the struggle,” police said in a news release.

After the shooting, the Fayetteville officer “returned fire and shot the suspect,” according to police.

Officials say they haven’t released the suspect’s name pending the notification of his family.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and Cumberland County deputies are investigating the case, authorities say.

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