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Eighth police involved shooting in PBC occurs Sunday

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A man, who was allegedly armed with a gun, was shot Sunday by a West Palm Beach police officer after investigators said an altercation broke out between the two men.

The shots rang out shortly after 1 p.m. at the Woodstock Apartment near the 1800 block of North Congress.

City spokesperson Elliot Cohen said police received a phone call from a resident at the complex about a suspicious man at the complex.

Investigators said when the responding officer arrived and spotted the suspect, he allegedly ran from the officer. It was then, Cohen said, the office noticed the suspect had a gun.

Cohen said the suspect was ordered to put down the gun, he refused which forced the officer to pull out his gun and fire. "If you're armed and you're confronted by a police officer, you need to listen to what that police officer tells you. And if you don't, obviously, that police officer is justified in doing what they need to do," said Cohen.

Spokesperson Allen Ortman said the suspect was shot in the stomach and taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.

Family members say the man is 20-year-old Dimitri Smalls. Investigators said the officer involved was not hurt.

This is the second officer involved shooting for the West Palm Beach police department this year. In March, officers shot and killed Marcus Neloms at the corner of Haverhill Road and 45th Street. Authorities said Neloms shot another man before officers arrived and then shot an officer in the shoulder.

In Palm Beach County, Sunday's shooting was the eighth law-enforcement involved shooting of the year. That's double the total for all of 2011.

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