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Update: Armed 76-year-old man killed by officer at Pebble Hills police station

Officer-involved shooting reported at the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center. (KFOX14/CBS4)

Police identified the man that was shot and killed by officers at the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center Wednesday as 76-year-old Richard Palafox.

Palafox was shot by three officers around 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the station, according to police.

Enrique Carrillo, spokesman with the El Paso Police Department, said Palafox was armed with a handgun in the station's parking lot.

Carrillo said the man had been involved in another incident earlier in the day.

Officers at the station went outside and found Palafox in a vehicle before opening fire.

No officers were injured in the incident, Carrillo said. The three officers who fired their weapons were place on administrative leave as standard protocol, police said.

The EPPD bomb squad was called to check the man's vehicle after the shooting.

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Several surrounding streets near Pebble Hills and Lee Trevino area were closed and businesses nearby were place on lockdown. The station was closed for the remainder of the day Wednesday and Thursday.

“We will be opening as soon as we are allowed to. We are participating with officers in any way that they ask," said Cody Stephens, manager of Ricky D's.

Carrillo said officers with Crimes Against Persons and the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

A mother said she had to wait to pickup her daughter from a nearby daycare because no one was allowed to go in our out of the building. Daycare employees said they heard the gunshots.

Viewers sent in pictures and videos of several police units and helicopters on the scene.

A woman whose child attends a nearby daycare said she had to wait to pick up

We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


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