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Area man dies after shootout with police

SPOONER (AP) -- A 72-year-old man is dead in northwestern Wisconsin after a shootout with police. The Washburn County sheriff's department says two Spooner police responded early Saturday to a report of an older man peering into vehicles in an ap...

SPOONER (AP) -- A 72-year-old man is dead in northwestern Wisconsin after a shootout with police.

The Washburn County sheriff's department says two Spooner police responded early Saturday to a report of an older man peering into vehicles in an apartment complex parking lot.

One of the officers went up to a man matching a description of the suspect sitting in a gray minivan. But the department says the man got out and pointed a rifle at the officer.

Shots were exchanged, leaving Phillip Metzig dead. Metzig lived in a nearby apartment.

The sheriff's department is investigating along with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.

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Both officers are on administrative leave as required by police department rules.

The autopsy is scheduled to be performed in St. Paul.

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