BOSTON (AP) – Boston police shot and killed an armed man who pointed his gun at officers and ignored repeated orders to drop it.

Police Superintendent Robert Dunford says officers found the man waving a gun in the middle of Fuller Street in Dorchester. He says the man – later identified as 38-year-old Marquis Barker – got into an empty police car that was left running.

Police chased him for about five blocks before cornering him in a drug store parking lot.

Dunford says the officers shot Baker after he ignored repeated commands to drop his gun. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The weapon he was carrying turned out to be a pellet gun that resembled a semiautomatic handgun.

Several officers were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

AP-ES-11-22-07 1607EST

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