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Man pulled out BB gun before being shot, killed by police outside city hall, authorities say

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    WADSWORTH, OH (WEWS) — The man who was shot and killed Thursday night in the Wadsworth Police Department parking lot has been identified as the same man who called in a bomb threat to the high school in 2012, according to authorities. They also confirmed that the man pulled out a realistic-looking BB gun before being shot by police.

The man has been identified as Guy Thomas Barnard, 26, authorities said.

Authorities said Barnard called police at around 8 p.m. on Thursday night, saying he was outside city hall and that he was armed.

Police interacted with him for about 30 minutes. Barnard pulled a gun out and that’s when he was shot and killed, according to authorities.

According to the Medina County Coroner’s Office, Barnard was shot six times.

Wadsworth police said no officers were hurt.

Katy Cindia, administrative assistant for the Wadsworth Police Department, said the call type on the police report was listed as “mental illness.”

During a news conference Friday afternoon, authorities said that the weapon recovered from the scene was later determined to be a realistic-looking BB gun.

Police said they have had prior interactions with Barnard in the past. In 2012, Barnard was charged for calling in a bomb threat to the high school.

Per departmental protocol, the six officers and two dispatchers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the matter.

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