Man firing assault-style weapon killed by police in Austin


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A man who Austin police say repeatedly fired an assault-style weapon into the air has been shot and killed by an officer after he refused to drop the gun.

Authorities say the shooting early Saturday outside a church in northwest Austin culminated a series of events that included police responding to a robbery call and to a fight in a parking lot at the same location. Police were summoned a third time after reports of a man with a shotgun and assault-style weapon.

Assistant Police Chief Chris McIlvain says the man fired five or six times in the air, moved toward a church and resumed firing. He refused commands to drop his weapons and was in a church courtyard when he was shot.

His name has not been immediately released.

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