Armed man threatening suicide dies after being shot by Durham police, officials say

La'Vante Biggs

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — Authorities say that a Durham man who said he was going to commit suicide — and who also pointed a gun at police — was shot and killed by police Saturday morning.

The incident was first reported around 10:30 a.m. at 1702 Angier Avenue, which is at the intersection with South Plum Street, when police were called to the scene for “an armed suicidal male,” Durham Police said.

“Officers made every effort to get the male to drop his weapon,” Wil Glenn, Durham Public Affairs Manager, said in a press release.

Briggs died in the incident.
Briggs died in the incident.

On Sunday, officials identified the man who died as Lavante Trevon Biggs, age 21, of Durham.

“Hostage negotiators arrived approximately 20 minutes later and continued to attempt to get the male to drop his weapon for an extended period of time, preliminary understood to be well over 30 minutes,” Glenn added.

At one point, the man “walked toward the officers while pointing the weapon,” Glenn said.

Then, the officers fired their weapons, the man was shot and taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to Glenn.

“The Durham Police Department extends their thoughts and prayers to the family of the individual involved in today’s tragic incident,” Glenn wrote in the release.

Four police officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting, according to Glenn.

They are identified as:
Officer Richard Armstrong
Officer Anthony Cisternas
Officer Landon Harvey
Officer Jason Holmes

The incident is being investigated by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

The Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division and Criminal Investigations Division are also investigating the incident, which is also standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.

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