Durham County sheriff’s lieutenant died from COVID-19 complications, death certificate shows

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of one of its retired lieutenants who recently died of COVID-19 complications, his death certificate shows.

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Lt. Terry Sampson, 60, who retired from the agency in August 2018 after 28 years of service, died on Nov. 14.

A death certificate shows that COVID-19 was an underlying cause of his death, along with pneumonia. The immediate cause of death was listed as acute hypercapnic and hypoxemic respiratory failure.

Sampson returned to the agency part-time in 2019 to assist in completing background checks for incoming detention and law enforcement recruits.

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