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CLINTON — An officer from the Syracuse Police Department shot and killed a man Sunday in Clinton who was allegedly threatening to harm himself after a standoff that lasted several hours.

Police in Clinton were dispatched to their own parking lot after a 911 hangup call was made around 11 a.m. and was traced to the back parking lot of the Clinton City Police Department, according to a press release from the Syracuse Police Department.

Clinton officers quickly arrived and found an “emotionally distraught” man was locked in his car with “multiple firearms within his reach,” the release said. Officers from nearby agencies were called to the scene to assist.

Clinton Police officers tried to negotiate with the man for over three hours, but he “refused to surrender all the firearms,” the release said.

The press release then stated that shots were fired by an officer with the Syracuse Police Department. The release does not say what prompted the officer to fire his weapon at the man. The man in the car died at the scene as a result of the shooting, according to Detective Erin Behm, public information officer with the Syracuse Police Department.

Behm said it was unclear how many shots were fired at the man or what prompted the officer to shoot at the man in the car.

Police say the man had “prior suicidal call history with Clinton Police,” according to the press release. Police have yet to release the man’s name pending notification of the man’s family.

The Davis County Critical Incident Investigative Protocol was called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting. Details of the shooting are still under investigation as of Sunday evening, the release said.

The officer who shot and killed the man was placed on administrative leave following the shooting. Though police did not release the officer’s name as of Sunday evening, they did say the officer has over 15 years of law enforcement experience.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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