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Story by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
Published on Tuesday March 8, 2011 - 7:59 AM
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KELSO - A man was shot dead by a SWAT officer after the suicidal man reportedly pointed a gun at police last evening.

Police say they were called to a Kelso home in the 1200 block of South 3rd Street at about 11:30 because of a report of man with a gun.

Officers say they attempted to talk to the man but he refused. A SWAT team took over at the scene.

The man reportedly said he was "distraught over personal problems." He refused to leave the home.

"After a lengthy time of negotiation the subject was observed pointing a firearm at SWAT officers," Chief Andrew Hamilton said. "The subject was then shot by a SWAT team member and was later pronounced dead."

The name of the deceased man and officer who shot him has not been released.