Seattle police kill man who said he had gun

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle police say an officer fatally shot a man who had warned approaching police that he had a pistol and was seen holding what they believed was a handgun.

In a statement, police said the man who refused to step out from behind a shed in a darkened yard in south Seattle late Tuesday night actually had a realistic-looking pellet gun.

The King County medical examiner's office has identified the man as 36-year-old Austin J. Derby, who died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday followed a Washington State Patrol pursuit of a white pickup truck from south King County. It ended in a crash in the city.

Police say a man ran from the truck and hid behind a storage shed. An officer with a police dog found him.

A woman who was in the pickup truck was injured in the crash and treated at a hospital.

The six-year veteran officer who fired has been placed on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.

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