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Apache Junction police say officers fatally shoot armed man

Posted at 2:29 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 17:29:34-04

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Apache Junction say a man is dead after an officer-involved shooting.

They say officers responded to a fitness center around 3 a.m. Sunday because several campers were illegally camping in the gym's parking lot.

When police arrived on the scene, they reported finding a man wearing a holstered handgun.

After the man failed to follow verbal commands, police say he pulled his handgun from the holster and Apache Junction officers fired their weapons.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name and age haven't been released yet.

Police say the officers involved in the fatal shooting have been placed on administrative leave while Arizona Department of Public Safety investigates the shooting.