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North Texas man points fake gun at police, shot dead

1 year 11 months 2 weeks ago Monday, October 07 2019 Oct 7, 2019 October 07, 2019 4:23 PM October 07, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) - Police say officers fatally shot a 33-year-old North Texas man after he pointed a gun at them that was later found to be fake.

The shooting happened Saturday at a RaceTrac convenience store in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton. A police statement says officers responded to a report of a man armed with a gun passed out in his car.

Police say they repeatedly tried to awaken the man with a loudspeaker. After that failed, officers protecting themselves with ballistic shields approached, opened the car door and roused him.

Authorities say the man initially raised his hands and stepped from the car but then reached down, grabbed the gun and raised it toward officers, who shot him.

The man is identified as Christopher Massey of Allen, Texas.

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