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Man shot by police in Spokane Valley

SUNDAY, DEC. 27, 2009, 6:45 P.M.

Spokane Valley police shot a man they described as suicidal following a standoff this afternoon.

The 55-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Officers responded to a home in the 11700 block of East Fairview about 3:45 p.m. for reports of a suicidal man, said Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

The man confronted officers in the backyard before exiting his front door armed with a weapon and threatened them, DeRuwe said.

Police have not said how many officers were involved.

Although the shooting occurred in Spokane Valley and involved a deputy sheriff, the case is being investigated by the Spokane Police Department as part of a standard interdepartmental agreement designed to ensure officer-involved shootings are investigated by an outside agency.

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