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Suspect dies in Phoenix officer-involved shooting

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A 54-year-old man died after he was shot by Phoenix police during a hostage situation involving his estranged wife and her boyfriend.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the man was shot around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday and died at a Phoenix hospital early Wednesday morning.

Thompson said the woman and a man, both 47, had been living together for several weeks with his mother and were in their bedroom in a house near Thunderbird Road and 35th Avenue watching television about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. The woman's ex-husband showed up at the house with a handgun and threatened to kill both occupants.

The couple was held hostage into the late evening when the suspect began complaining of back pain.  His estranged wife persuaded him to take some painkillers and then coaxed him into drinking some wine, causing the suspect to eventually fall asleep, Thompson said.

The boyfriend escaped the house and called police before the suspect woke up hours later and went outside to confront the boyfriend as police arrived.

The victim yelled to police that the suspect had a gun, and the suspect tried to re-enter the home through a front door, which had been locked by the woman after the suspect went outside.

Thompson said the suspect tugged at the door, ignored officers' commands, turned and pointed a gun at officers, who fired and critically wounded the suspect.

He died early Wednesday morning.

Thompson said it was not known if the suspect fired at officers and that he lived out of state.

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