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El Paso Police Shoot, Kill Armed Man Trying To Enter Day Care

EL PASO — El Paso police say two officers fatally shot a 22-year-old armed man after he had tried to get inside a children’s day care center.

Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears say officers on Thursday morning shot the man after he ignored commands and made a “threatening motion” with his gun toward them. The man, who wasn’t identified, died at the scene. It’s the third fatal shooting by El Paso police this year.

Officers had responded after receiving a report of a man who appeared to be distraught and holding a gun to his head while walking behind a business.

Mears says the suspect had pounded on a day care center door, trying to get inside before officers arrived. The officers have been placed on administrative duty. Their names weren’t released.

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