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Shoplifter pointed pellet gun at Colorado Springs officer before being killed

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 12:58:55-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities say the pellet gun a man pointed at officers before being fatally shot was "almost an exact replica of a firearm."

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports an officer shot Steven James Young on Monday after he was suspected of shoplifting from a Walmart.

Young led police on a chase away from the store before he pointed the gun — later determined to be a pellet gun — at officers.

The El Paso County officer who shot young was wearing a body camera and footage is being reviewed. The officer's name has not been released and he remains on paid leave.

Young was wanted on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft and multiple counts of vehicular eluding. He also was wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant from the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com