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The dead man engaged in a shootout with police

An early morning shootout with police has claimed the life of one man.

Preliminary reports indicate that police, acting on information, proceeded to a house along Hilltop Avenue, Claxton Bay, in search of a murder suspect.

On arrival at the location, the officers allegedly were greeted with gunfire.

The officers subsequently returned fire and the assailant was hit.

The man was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

This is a developing story and we will have more information as details come to hand.

Story by NEWS DESK