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Dallas Police: Man killed himself in gunfight with officers who first opened fire

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DALLAS — Dallas police say a man killed himself after police who saw his gun opened fire.

The incident late Wednesday night ended in the death of 52-year-old Terence Michael Groessel. Police Maj. Jeff Cotner said Thursday that a preliminary autopsy indicated Groessel killed himself.

Cotner said two officers approached Groessel's vehicle outside a city hotel because it looked like it might be stolen. When one officer knocked on Groessel's passenger-side window, she noticed that he was soon pointing a gun at her partner on the other side.

The officers opened fire and retreated to wait for help. Cotner says that about 30 seconds later, they heard a gunshot and saw a flash inside Groessel's truck.

Eight people have died in Dallas police shootings this year.

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