- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Officers weren’t sure if a gun pointed at them by a 24-year-old Springfield man was real when they fatally shot him, Provo police said.

Officers received conflicting information about the gun while responding to a domestic violence call Sunday morning, according to a statement from the Provo Police Department. Detectives later determined that the man was holding an Airsoft replica rifle with the orange tip removed, but they found actual firearms in the building the man had been in.

The emergency caller told dispatchers that the man, Cody Evans, had a gun, which she later described as a BB gun. She said Evans would use it on officers and speculated that he wanted to attempt suicide by cop.

When officers responded to the call, they found Evans barricaded in his vehicle with a weapon that resembled an AR-15 rifle, police said. Officers said the object made a metal-on-metal sound that led them to believe it was a real firearm.

Evans then drove through a neighboring lawn to evade police, feigned ramming an officer and ran a red light, according to the statement.

Radio logs from the incident show that an officer responding to the original domestic violence scene found a realistic-looking Airsoft rifle and relayed the information to the officers searching for Evans.

When officers caught up with Evans as he exited a building, he ignored commands to stop and show his hands, according to the statement, and he pointed the Airsoft rifle at them. Provo police officer Zac Lazenby and Utah County sheriff’s deputy Chris Bagley then opened fire from 100 feet away, hitting Evans three times, authorities said.

The officers were not wearing cameras, police said. A countywide officer-involved shooting team was investigating.

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