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Springfield police: Man killed after pulling gun on officers

(AP) — A man from southwestern Missouri was killed by police officers after allegedly pointing a handgun at them at a park. 

Springfield police were called Wednesday afternoon to Tom Watkins Park after reports of a man making suicidal statements. 

A police news release says officers were talking to 33-year-old Justin M. Barker of Springfield, who said he had a gun and began to draw it from his waistband. 

The release says officers ordered Barker to drop the gun but instead, he pointed it at officers, who shot him several times. 

The four officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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