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Oklahoma welder died in gunfight with upstate New York police

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Police say the man killed in a shootout with police in upstate New York was an Oklahoma welder working in the Pennsylvania gas drilling industry.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 30, 2012
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Police say the man killed in a shootout with police in upstate New York was an Oklahoma welder working in the Pennsylvania gas drilling industry.

Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski tells local media outlets 40-year-old Michael Eugene Spohn was killed in a fusillade of 100 shots during a confrontation with a dozen officers. They'd been called to a hotel by reports of a man harassing staff and shots fired at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

He says Spohn pulled a gun from his pickup and wounded two officers before being killed by return fire in the hotel parking lot. One officer was in the arm, the other in the leg.

Spohn's hometown wasn't immediately available Monday.

The investigation of the shooting is continuing.

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