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Armed man killed by police gunfire in Oxnard

The 300 block of South H Street in Oxnard is seen in this image from Google Maps.

August 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police shot and killed an armed man in Oxnard who was challenging the officers to shoot him on Tuesday.

Authorities say they received a report of a man with a gun in the street in the 300 block of South H Street at 12:43 p.m. When officers arrived, the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Michael Mahoney of Oxnard, was pointing a gun to his head.

According to police, Mahoney ran from officers and into a nearby resident. Officers heard a gunshot, but did not know whether he had shot himself or someone else. Soon afterward, Mahoney allegedly confronted officers again, holding a gun to his head. He challenged the officers to shoot him, police said, and pointed the firearm at them in a threatening manner.

Officers opened fire on Mahoney. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.

No one else was injured in the incident. The shooting remains under investigation.