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Colorado Springs police shoot man with military-style rifle

April 22, 2021 GMT
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Investigators put a military-style rifle into a bag at the scene where a man was shot by the police after a chase, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado Springs police shot a man accused of accosting a customer at a gas station while armed with the military-style rifle. Police say the suspect ignored commands to drop the rifle and was initially shot with a stun gun before an officer opened fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
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Investigators put a military-style rifle into a bag at the scene where a man was shot by the police after a chase, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado Springs police shot a man accused of accosting a customer at a gas station while armed with the military-style rifle. Police say the suspect ignored commands to drop the rifle and was initially shot with a stun gun before an officer opened fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado Springs shot a man accused of accosting a customer at a gas station while armed with a military-style rifle.

The Gazette reports police had been following the man Thursday morning after they spotted a license plate that is believed to have been stolen. The suspect led officers on a chase to a business area, got out of his vehicle with an AR-15 rifle and walked to a nearby gas station, where he approached a customer at a pump.

Police say the suspect, whose name has not been released, ignored commands to drop the rifle and was initially shot with a stun gun before an officer opened fire and wounded him. Lt. Jim Sokolik, a spokesman for the police department, says the stun gun was ineffective.

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The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition has not been released.

The shooting was the area’s second involving an officer in four days. A Fountain police officer and a Colorado State Patrol trooper fired shots after a chase down Interstate 25 on Monday night, killing 38-year-old Robert Paul Garcia.