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1 dead in officer-involved shooting in east valley neighborhood

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Christopher DeVargas

Metro Police at the scene of an officer-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon in the eastern valley. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of Palm Street, just west of U.S. 93 near East Russell Road April 29, 2014.

Updated Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 8:31 p.m.

Area of shooting

A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting this afternoon in the eastern valley.

The incident began when Metro Police received a call around 2 p.m. in which a man said he was going to be killed that day, Capt. Matt McCarthy said.

Police arrived at a home in the 5400 block of Palm Street, just west of U.S. 93 near East Russell Road, and began speaking with the man. McCarthy said the man came in and out of the house several times and appeared unarmed.

The final time the man came out of the house he had a handgun and began shooting at officers, and officers returned fire, McCarthy said.

The man was transported to Sunrise Hospital where he was pronounced dead. One officer was injured in connection with the incident but not from gunfire.

One witness, Steven Zalewski, 25, said he spoke to the sister of one of the suspects who said her brother initially didn't want to leave the home at police request because he faced outstanding arrest warrants.

Another witness, Josh Hay, 25, said he was stunned by the violence.

"This never happens," he said. "I've lived here almost 13 years."

Another witness, a 16-year-old, said he had been dropped off from his school bus and was on his way home when he encountered a number of officers on his street. An officer escorted the teen to his house to retrieve anything he needed immediately. The teen said he went inside to get some crackers and money, came outside and saw a neighbor and police exchanging gunfire about three or four houses down from his residence. The teen, who dropped to the ground for safety, estimated he heard eight or nine shots fired.

The identity of the subject will be released by the coroner.

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