Springfield chief: Man fired gun before officers shot him

1 year 11 months 4 days ago Wednesday, January 04 2017 Jan 4, 2017 Wednesday, January 04, 2017 2:02:00 PM CST January 04, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police chief Paul Williams said a man who was fatally shot by Springfield officers fired his gun before being shot.

Williams said James Lewis did fire his gun, but not at officers early Sunday during a confrontation at Silver Springs Park.

The Springfield News Leader reports officers first tried stopping Lewis with a Taser and beanbags. Williams said eventually Lewis aimed his gun at officers, who shot him.

Three officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave, which is routine after fatal shootings.

Lewis' family members say he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Williams said police had more than 60 contacts with Lewis before Sunday's shooting and "some type of mental issue was a factor" in many of those calls.

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