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Man killed by Maui police had realistic pellet gun, county says

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 9:44 a.m. HST, May 26, 2012

A Maui County spokesman said the man shot and killed by police in Kihei Tuesday had pointed a pellet gun at officers that looked like a semi-automatic handgun.

County spokesman Rod Antone said that the pellet gun looked very much like a Glock handgun.

Marshall Langford was killed during Tuesday's shooting in the parking lot of a Kihei resort. Police say he was fleeing in a stolen vehicle when he aimed what looked like a gun at an officer. The officer fired at Langford.

The Maui News reported one of the weapons found in the car was a sawed-off shotgun. Langford's family claims he didn't have a gun and was reaching for a cell phone. 

Deputy Corporation Counsel Moana Lutey said the officer had no option but to use lethal force.

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