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San Bernardino police shoot and kill man after struggle

March 1, 2012 | 10:33 am

Image1A Fontana man armed with a handgun was shot and killed by a San Bernardino police officer after struggling with police following a traffic stop Wednesday, authorities said.

Anthony Paul Gilmore Jr., 23, was a passenger in a car that allegedly ran a stop sign near the 200 block of West 16th Street about 7:45 p.m. 

Police officers pulled the car over and detained both Gilmore and the woman driving the car. When an officer asked Gilmore whether he had a weapon, he attempted to run and was grabbed by the officer's partner, according to a statement released by San Bernardino Police spokesman Lt. Paul Williams.

Gilmore and the officer struggled, falling to the ground.

"During the struggle, one of the officers saw a weapon lying on the ground right next to the suspect. The suspect then grabbed the weapon and put it under his body,'' Williams said in the statement. "This officer, fearing that the suspect was going to shoot him or his partner, fired his duty weapon at the suspect several times, striking him.''

Gilmore was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center and died an hour later.

Williams said investigators recovered a loaded semiautomatic handgun from the scene.

The San Bernardino County district attorney's office is reviewing the case.

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Photo: Anthony Paul Gilmore Jr. Credit: San Bernardino Police Department

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