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Man dies from what police describe as ‘suicide by cop’

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Authorities say a man has died after he was shot last week in what suburban St. Louis police described as a case of “suicide by cop.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 61-year-old James Hunn died Monday after being wounded March 19 at his University City home. Police Capt. Fredrick Lemons says officers had been on his porch, yelling for him to surrender, when he came from his bedroom and pointed the shotgun at police. An officer shot him in the leg and chest.

Hunn’s wife, Cathy, told the Post-Dispatch last week that he was an Army veteran who recently had suffered a stroke and was distraught over his health. But she disputed the police account of the shooting Tuesday, calling it “not true.” She declined to elaborate.

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