Suspect at Ash Fork gas station shot, killed by officer

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ASH FORK -- A man was shot and killed earlier today by an officer at an Ash Fork gas station after he pulled out a gun, police say.

According to a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, a YCSO deputy responded to a call involving an armed man who had confronted employees at a business some time before 9 a.m.

The employees told dispatchers that Andy Hammond, 43, had just left the location in a water truck and stopped at a nearby Chevron Station, police said.

Police said the deputy arrived at the gas station shortly after the call was made and saw the vehicle and Hammond. When the deputy confronted Hammond about the earlier call, Hammond allegedly pulled out a handgun and confronted the officer. The deputy drew his weapon and fired, hitting the Hammond.

Hammond was pronounced dead after medical personnel arrived at the scene, police said.

The deputy was not injured.

Officers sealed off the area, and by around noon detectives from the Department of Public Safety's Officer Involved Shooting Team took over the investigation.

The name of the deputy has not been released.

Detectives have confirmed Hammond was wearing a bullet proof vest during the confrontation.