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UNION CITY -- A man was shot and killed by Union City police Saturday afternoon after he fired a gun several times near homes and then got into a confrontation with officers responding to the call, authorities said.

It is the second time in six months Union City police officers have shot and killed a suspect.

According to Cmdr. Ben Horner, around 2:30 p.m. the department received multiple 911 calls about a man firing a gun in the area of Medallion Drive and Kenita Way.

Within a minute, several officers arrived, Horner said, and found the man armed with a gun.

The man and the officers then got into some sort of confrontation, Horner said, and at some point the officers, fearing for their lives, shot the man.

The suspected shooter was pronounced dead at the scene, and he has not yet been identified, Horner added.

"The investigation, the scene is very fluid right now," Horner said. "We have no idea who the suspect is, nor what his motive was."

Residents describe the neighborhood as "quiet" and "nice." Those watching investigators work Saturday said they could not remember the last time something like a shooting happened in their neighborhood.

"I feel comfortable walking around in the middle of day," said resident Alicia Salas. "I thought what I heard were fireworks going off, (not gunshots)."

Check back for updates.

On March 2, Union City police officers shot a 26-year-old suspect who they said refused orders to stop and then pointed a gun at them. The man died later at the hospital.


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Staff photographer Anda Chu contributed to this report. Follow Katie Nelson at Twitter.com/katienelson210.