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Police fatally shoot man outside Portland grocery store; he had a starter's pistol

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PORTLAND, Oregon — Police in Portland say a man in a grocery store parking lot brandished what appeared to be a gun and officers shot him to death. It turned out he had a starter's pistol.

Police say two officers approached the man and two other people Sunday night and talked with them for several minutes.

The officers said that without provocation, the man grabbed what looked like a gun out of a vehicle and pointed it in the direction of the officers and the two other people.

A police statement issued Monday said both officers fired.

It didn't say why the officers had approached him.

The man was identified as 29-year-old Alan Lee Bellew, from the Eugene-Springfield area.

Police said he was wanted for failing to appear on a heroin possession charge and for violating probation in a case of assault and resisting arrest.

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