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Police shoot, kill man holding fake gun

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., March 22 (UPI) — Police in Huntington Beach, Calif., shot and killed a man who was brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun, officials said.

Huntington Beach Police Lt. Mitchell O’Brien said officers were responding to a report of a man and a woman fighting behind a restaurant around 4:30 p.m. PDT Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The person who reported the incident told police that the man claimed to have a handgun.

When police arrived at the scene, the couple were walking through a nearby housing tract. Police confronted the man who then pulled out what was later determined to be a “replica semiautomatic pistol,” O’Brien said.

An officer opened fire on the man and killed him. The woman was unharmed in the incident, police said.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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