Armed store employee fatally shot by officer

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — A West Texas police officer has fatally shot an armed gold-sales store employee while the department was serving a search warrant at the business.

Authorities say the employee of Abilene Gold Exchange refused to put down his semi-automatic pistol when officers arrived Thursday morning.

Abilene police say an officer shot and killed the man when he moved his gun in a threatening manner.

A statement from Abilene police says it appears the officer responded with necessary and reasonable force.

A joint investigation is being conducted with the Texas Rangers because it's an officer-involved shooting.

The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave.

Officers were executing a search warrant seeking evidence related to allegations of failing to report precious metal transactions as required by the state.

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