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UPDATE: Traffic stop turns violent; officer kills Chino Valley man

A 26-year-old Chino Valley man died from multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday after charging a police officer and threatening to shoot him, police say.

As of press time, police still had not released the names of the two.

The officer, an eight-year veteran of the Chino Valley Police Department, is on paid administrative leave after a traffic stop went bad and the man's belligerent behavior forced the officer to fire on him, police said.

The incident began when the officer tried to stop a vehicle driving erratically on Yellow Brick Road, police said in a press release.

Instead of stopping, the driver sped south before crashing through a fence in the 1900 block of Yellow Brick Road, disabling the vehicle.

As the officer approached, the driver yelled at the officer to shoot him, then put his hand in this pocket, claiming he was armed, police said.

The man kept coming towards the officer, who retreated while ordering the man to stop. The man kept coming "while making hostile and aggressive actions," police said, and the officer, who police said "feared for his life," shot him several times.

Emergency workers pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Members of the Arizona Department of Public Safety's special investigations unit are investigating the incident, along with detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, police said.


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