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A New Mexico Man Was Shot And Killed By Payson Police Early Tuesday Morning

A man was shot and killed by Payson Police early Tuesday morning after he allegedly forced a woman into a vehicle at gunpoint. Officers responded to the Safeway parking lot near Highway 260 and State Route 87 just after midnight. Officers found the suspect’s vehicle parking in the lot and told the woman to get out of the vehicle. After she was clear of danger, the 31-year-old New Mexico man got out of the vehicle, turned toward police and made a motion like he was pulling out a weapon from his waistband. Officers told the man to stop and show his hands. The suspect didn’t comply. Payson Police Chief Ron Tischer says that “forced officers to fire their weapons and stop the imminent threat.” Officers rendered first aid to the suspect. He was flown to a Phoenix area hospital where he passed away. Three officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is being handled by DPS.