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Raleigh Police: Armed Suspect Shot By Officer Dies

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TONY WEBSTER
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FLICKR
A man shot by a Raleigh police officer Thursday afternoon has died.

RALEIGH — A man shot multiple times by a Raleigh police officer on Thursday afternoon has died from his wounds, a police chief confirmed.

The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. on a sidewalk near Piney Grove AME Church in northern Raleigh, the city's police department said. Police haven't identified the officer, but said the individual has been placed on administrative leave and the State Bureau of Investigation will open a criminal investigation.

The officer was responding to a call about a man with a gun who was acting “strangely," Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said at press conference on Thursday night. When the officer approached the man, identified as Keith Dutree Collins, he showed a weapon and ran away, she said.

In a 911 call obtained by The News & Observer, a woman was recorded saying she saw Collins drop a gun, pick it up and put it in the front of his pants. The caller told the 911 operator that Collins was carrying a large handgun, but wasn’t carrying it “responsibly" and police might want to come to the area before anyone was harmed, according to the call.

The department said it is petitioning for the release of the body camera footage worn by the officer.