Man dies following hours-long standoff with deputies

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Posted: Aug 09, 2016 3:12 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man is dead after he shot himself twice before pointing a gun at a deputy who then returned fire.

Richland County Sheriff's Lt. Curtis Wilson tells news outlets that deputies responding to a domestic dispute found the unidentified man armed and barricaded inside his home around 5 p.m. Monday.

Authorities tried to negotiate with the man, who they say was pointing a gun at deputies, telling them to shoot him.

To neutralize the situation, Wilson says deputies shot the man with a bean bag. That's when authorities say the man picked up his gun, shot himself twice and pointed the weapon back at a deputy, who fired at the man with a gun.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died.