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Police said 37-year-old Shaun Jeffery Christy was shot and killed on Wednesday night.
It happened about 8 p.m. in the parking lot near the Ashley HomeStore at 5458 New Hope Commons Drive.
According to police, officers received information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office about a suicidal man driving a red truck near the shopping center.
The two officers found the man and tried to speak with him.
Reports state the man took out a handgun and pointed it at the officers, who then fired their weapons.
Officers tried to perform CPR on the man before he was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later.
No officers were injured during the incident.
"We would like to express our concern and condolences to everyone involved," said Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis. "Any loss of life is always a tragic event."
Witnesses said they're shocked the incident even happened.
"This is crazy," said Xavier Williams. "I can't believe this is happening in my own city."
Officer Paschall and Glover on paid leave from the patrol division after shooting Shaun Christy. Police say the 37-year-old was armed and suicidal outside @AshleyHomeStore when he pointed a gun at the officers. The SBI is investigating the shooting. #ABC11 https://t.co/iYuaDv5K68 pic.twitter.com/6QFkemhpT4— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) August 9, 2018
Two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved incident.
Cpl. B.M. Glover joined the Durham Police Department in January 2006 and Officer G.F. Paschall joined the Durham Police Department in February 2015.
Both officers are assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau.
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