Chief: Spokane police officer shoots, kills suicidal man

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Spokane police officer shot and killed a person near a golf course.

Police Chief Craig Meidl said police received a call from people trying to comfort a suicidal individual about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near Esmeralda Golf Course. Officers set up a perimeter around the area when they arrived.

The Spokesman-Reivew reports that within 30 minutes of the call, an officer saw a male individual exit a residence with a firearm in his hand. The officer called for the person to drop the gun after it appeared he was aiming it at someone to the west.

Meidl said the person then turned to point the gun at the officer. The officer fired at least two shots from a rifle at the person.

First aid was rendered to the individual, but he died at the scene.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office will investigate the shooting with assistance from Washington State Patrol.

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