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Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Va. man held toy gun when shot dead by police

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach police say the gun that a robbery suspect was wielding when officers killed him was a toy.

Police spokesman Officer Jimmy Barnes tells media outlets that 33-year-old Daniel Guy Newcomb of Norfolk pointed a toy submachine gun at officers during a chase on Saturday.

One officer shot Newcomb. He died Sunday.

In 2009, Norfolk officers shot and wounded Newcomb after he wielded a starter pistol and threatened them. He wasn’t charged in that incident.

Barnes says the three Virginia Beach officers involved in the latest incident are on administrative assignment pending completion of the investigation.

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By the Associated Press  |  08:35 AM ET, 03/22/2012

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