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NYPD: Armed man fatally shot by police in Queens

NYPD investigators at the scene in South Ozone

NYPD investigators at the scene in South Ozone Park, Queens, where police officials said officers earlier shot and killed an armed man during a morning confrontation on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Credit: Jim Staubitser

A 32-year-old man was fatally shot by police early Sunday in Queens and the circumstances surrounding the shooting were under investigation, the NYPD said.

The man’s identity was being withheld pending notification of his family.

There were no other injuries.

According to an emailed police account, the shooting happened shortly after 1:30 a.m. at 116th Avenue and 135th Street in South Ozone Park.

Two plainclothes officers in an unmarked department vehicle were traveling south on 135th Street when they encountered a double-parked SUV with a man standing next to it holding an open bottle of alcohol, police said.

As the officers approached, they noticed a gun in the man’s waistband, police said, and when they “attempted to engage the male” he ran away. The officers chased him and ordered him to stop, police said.

The man kept running, and as he neared 116th Avenue a second unmarked police car, with three officers inside, confronted the man, police said. At that point, he reached for his pistol, police said.

Four of the officers opened fire, hitting the man several times in the torso. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

A .40-caliber Hi-Point semiautomatic pistol was found at the scene, police said.

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