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Man shoots self during incident with San Bernardino police, dies

A 43-year-old San Bernardino man who allegedly was suicidal and brandishing a gun was shot by police, then shot himself and later died, authorities said.

The wife of the man called San Bernardino police just after noon Monday and reported that he was possibly suicidal and was armed with a gun inside their apartment in the 4900 block of North Sierra Way.

The woman told police that she was inside when she heard a pop -- possibly a gunshot. When she fled the apartment she heard two more shots, according to a statement released by police spokeswoman Lt. Gwendolyn Waters.

Police negotiators and the department’s SWAT unit evacuated nearby residents and attempted to talk the man into leaving his apartment.

The man, whose identity was not released, eventually came outside with a gun in his hand, raising it, Waters said. An officer, perceiving a threat, shot the man once in the torso, she said.

The man continued to raise the gun and shot himself in the head, Waters said. He was taken to St. Bernardine Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:17 p.m.

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