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Suprise police investigating fatal officer-involved shooting

SURPRISE, Ariz. - 7:29 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013- An armed man who was threatening to take his own life the weapon was shot and fatally wounded Saturday afternoon, Jan. 5, by police who were trying to talk the man into giving up his weapon.

Police have identified the dead man as Joel Byne, 52. No further information was immediately available about Mr. Byne, other than that he formerly resided at the address where the incident took place

Sgt. Mike Donovan said Surprise olice were called to a residence in the 15000 block of West Aster Drive around noon in response to calls reporting that a man was threatening to kill himself with a gun.

"Upon arrival, police made contact with Mr. Byne, who was holding a rifle to his head threatening to kill himself," Mr. Donovan said. "Mr. Byne also made comments to police that he was going to get them to shoot him.

"While police were attempting to negotiate with Mr. Byne, officers attempted to use a less lethal device to stop Mr. Byne from shooting himself or causing injury to others. The attempt was not successful, and at some point during negotiations, Mr. Byne was shot by police," Mr. Donovan continued.

Officers had attempted to negotiate with the man for about an hour and a half before the shooting occurred, the sergeant said.

Immediately following the shooting, Mr. Byne was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Mr. Donovan said.

What led Mr. Byne to threaten to kill himself is not immediately known.

Investigators from the Police Department continue to work at the scene, which is in a residential neighborhood near Bullard Avenue and Cactus Road in the Marley Park neighborhood.


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