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Man shot and killed by police after standoff

Man shot and killed by police after standoff

CREATED Mar 23, 2012

After nearly seven hours of negotiating, a man was shot and killed by Tucson Police.

Reporter: Tammy Vo & Stephani Ruiz

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Just before 7 a.m. on Friday, a long ordeal finally came to an end in a midtown Tucson neighborhood. Tucson Police tell KGUN 9 that their officers were forced to shoot a man who barricaded himself in a home near Campbell and Glenn. The man was killed.

It all started after midnight. Police say that a man showed up at the home of his estranged wife with a weapon. She and at least two others were in the home and reported hearing the man say that he wanted to shoot police officers.

Tucson officers arrived at the scene and eventually were able to get the woman and the two others who were inside the home, to safety. SWAT Officers continued to negotiate with the man for hours, pleading for him to come out. The man was threatening suicide and holding a gun to his head, according to police.

Just before 7 a.m., officers went inside the home. Witnesses reported hearing loud noises, simulating a flash bang which is a device that officers use as a distraction in these situations. Officers say that they eventually were forced to shoot the man because they were threatened. He was killed.