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July 24, 2014

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Metro IDs officers involved in fatal eastside shooting

Metro Police today identified the officers involved in a deadly shootout on Tuesday in an east valley neighborhood.

The gun battle broke out after officers responded to a call from a man who said he would be shot 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.

The following officers were involved according to the release:

Officer Michael Henry, 43, who has been with Metro for more than 10 years; Officer Chad Cruse, 29, with Metro since 2010; Officer Brooke Lavin, 35, a 13-year Metro veteran, and Officer Bengamin Baldassarre, a five-year Metro veteran.

All of the officers are assigned to the Southeast Area Command and have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending a review of the incident, the department's release said.

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