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Suspect who pulled gun at California park shot by police

August 19, 2018

CERES, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say police shot and killed a suspect who allegedly pointed a handgun at a crowd of people at a park and then led officers on a chase in central California.

Police in Ceres say officers responded Saturday following reports that a man in a dark-colored Lexus sedan was brandishing a gun at Smyrna Park.

While on their way to investigate, police also received a call about a hit-and-run crash near the park involving a car with a similar description as the Lexus.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Letras says after a short pursuit, a man got out of the Lexus and ran while holding a handgun.

Letras says shots were fired and a Ceres police officer struck the suspect, who died at the scene.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the suspect had fired at officers.

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