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Officers shoot, kill man after confrontation

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DULUTH — Two Duluth police officers fatally shot an armed man early Tuesday after a traffic crash.

Just before 2 a.m. officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash in the area of Orange Street and Arlington Avenue. The driver had fled the scene, according to a news release.

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Two officers responded to the area of the 300 block of East Locust Street where the vehicle’s registered owner lives. One officer encountered a 26-year-old Duluth man armed with a handgun.

The officer radioed for assistance and shouted commands at the man. The second officer in the area arrived to help, and both officers repeated loud verbal commands to attempt to get the subject to comply. The encounter lasted for more than three minutes. When the officers attempted to take the man into custody, he reached for the area where the gun was located. Both officers fired weapons, hitting the man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not released his name pending positive identification and full family notifications.

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