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Gary officer fatally shoots man who shot at officers

The Associated Press
Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 7:00 am Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 2:54 pm

GARY, Ind. (AP) Gary Police say an officer has shot and killed a man who fired a weapon at officers.

Cmdr. Jack Hamady says officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of an abandoned residence about 6 a.m. Wednesday when a man inside the vehicle fired a gun at them. Hamady says one officer returned fire, fatally wounding the man.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lake County Coroner's Office identified him as 38-year-old Thomas Watkins of Gary.

The name of the officer who shot him hasn't been released.

The shooting is being investigated by Lake County Sheriff's Department.

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