Man fatally shot by Springfield police identified

     (AP) – Springfield police have identified a man who was

fatally shot by officers on New Year’s Day as 44-year-old James Lewis.

Lewis died hours after he was shot Sunday near Silver Springs Park in north


     The department says in a statement that officers found Lewis in the park early

Sunday with a gun and threatening to kill his wife.

     Police say Lewis would not cooperate with officers and the use of less lethal

weapons was unsuccessful. The department says Lewis was shot after he pointed a

gun at officers. He died later at a hospital.

     The department said some officers were placed on administrative leave, which

is typical after a police shooting. It did not say how many officers were

involved in the shooting.


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