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Boise police: Man struggles with officer, kills self

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Police say the officer stepped back, and the man shot himself in the chest. Police say the officer stepped back, and the man shot himself in the chest.
BOISE, Idaho -

Boise police say a 36-year-old man struggled with an officer and then killed himself during a traffic stop Saturday.

The Idaho Statesman reports that an officer pulled the man over at about 4 a.m. and determined he had a warrant for failing to appear in court after a recent arrest for driving under the influence.

When a second officer arrived on scene, the man stepped out of his sport-utility vehicle and declared he had a gun. An officer struggled with the man but couldn't stop him from pulling out the weapon.

Police say the officer stepped back, and the man shot himself in the chest.

Lt. Doug Schoenborn called it a difficult situation for all involved, including the man's family and the officers. He encouraged people in crisis to call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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