Austin man fatally shot by officer and deputy

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say an Austin man was shot to death after pointing a gun at a police officer and a sheriff's deputy.

The shooting early Monday came after authorities received an emergency domestic violence call from the man's girlfriend. She told the dispatcher she was locked in a bathroom and feared her boyfriend. She also said there was a rifle in the home.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Austin American-Statesman that authorities made contact with the man and tried to persuade him to exit the home. Acevedo says the man came out about 3:20 a.m. and pointed the gun at the law enforcement officials, who feared for their safety and opened fire.

Austin police, sheriff's officials and the Texas Rangers will investigate the shooting.

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