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INDIANAPOLIS — The man shot and killed by Indy Metro Police detectives on Wednesday pointed a gun at the detectives before the fatal shooting.

Detectives with the IMPD Violent Crimes Unit tracked 33-year-old James Williams to a Marathon gas station on East 21st Street on Wednesday.

Williams was wanted on a warrant from the Indiana Department of Corrections for escape and gun crimes. He was also a suspect in a recent homicide investigation, according to IMPD.

Detectives wearing clearly marked police vests located Williams inside the gas station just after 12 p.m. and approached Williams as he left.

Williams went back into the gas station and the detectives followed him inside. While one detective talked with Williams, the other detectives told customers inside the business to leave and were able to get them out safely.

Detectives asked Williams to show them his hands. Williams pulled a gun from his shorts, raised the gun, and pointed it at the detectives.

Two detectives fired their weapons, hitting Williams.

Williams was given first aid until an ambulance arrived. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The two officers who shot Williams were not wearing body cameras, but surveillance video was collected from inside the gas station.

The detectives who fired their guns have been placed on administrative leave.

The Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory review of the incident as it does for any use of deadly force against a person, said IMPD.

Detectives are still investigating and collecting evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Chris Craighill at 317-327-3475 or email him at Tips can also be left anonymously with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.