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Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed With Gun

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Posted at 7:29 PM, Sep 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 23:33:19-04

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia police said officers fatally shot a man armed with a gun outside of a residence.

A Harrisonburg Police Department news release said the shooting occurred around 2:15 a.m. Sunday. Officers went to the residence, about 115 miles northwest of Richmond, in response to a report of a disturbance.

Police said the officers encountered a white male with a long gun. Shots were fired after the man didn't comply with the officers' commands.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as 23-year-old Michael Thomas Pierce Jr. of Harrisonburg.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave.

The shooting was set to be investigated by the police department's Criminal Investigations Division and Internal Affairs Unit. 

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