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Man Fatally Shot By Police Officer In Fairfield

FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) -- A suspect who was shot by a police officer in Fairfield Monday evening has died, a police spokesman said.

An officer contacted the suspect in the 700 block of Gold Coast Drive, near Dover Avenue, around 6 p.m. to follow up on an investigation, police Officer Cleo Mayoral said.

The officer made contact with the suspect, a 51-year-old Fairfield resident, in the doorway of his house and a violent struggle ensued, Mayoral said.

The officer, a 16-year veteran of the department, called for backup but before they arrived, the officer shot the suspect, Mayoral said.

The suspect was taken to a trauma center where he died, he said.

The officer will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Fairfield Police Department and the Solano County District Attorney's Office, which is the protocol for an officer-involved shooting, Mayoral said.

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