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Man fatally shot by police had airsoft gun

Man fatally shot by police had airsoft gun

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- A man shot and killed by West Valley police on Monday was armed with an airsoft gun, but police say they feared for their lives.

The airsoft gun was a replica of the Taurus Millennium handgun and looked like the real thing, police say.

Three officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at 3319 S. Park Springs Dr. Officers were told there had been a verbal argument and 23-year-old Sean Krummi had damaged property inside the home then gone outside.

As the officers arrived, they encountered Krummi in the front yard. Officers say they tried to communicate with him but he was uncooperative, produced a handgun, and ignored officers' commands to drop it.

Two officers, who police say feared for their lives and the safety of neighbors, shot Krummi several times. The third officer was not in a position to fire his weapon.

Krummi was flown to the University of Utah Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The officers involved in the shooting remain on paid administrative leave, as is typical.

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