Agents shoot and kill a suspected suicide

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Officers in Nebraska's largest city shot and killed a gunman who pointed a gun at them on an Omaha street, police said.

The shooting occurred early Sunday morning in the southwest area of ​​the city, near a shopping complex. Officers were called to the scene for reports that a suicidal man encountered an armed man in the street with a gun at his head, police said.

Officers tried for several minutes to convince the man to lower his gun, but when he pointed the gun at a bystander and then at officers, police shot him, authorities said.

The man, later identified as 27-year-old Matthew Johnson of Omaha, died at a hospital.

Johnson's shooting death comes as police across the country look for new ways to handle their encounters with mentally ill people, who make up a substantial portion of those killed by police.

Detectives from the Douglas and Sarpy county sheriff's departments are investigating the shooting in Omaha. Police have not named the officers who shot Johnson.

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