Petaluma police shoot suspect after he points gun at himself, then officers

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PETALUMA (BCN) Police shot a suspect who pointed a gun at them after pointing it at himself this afternoon in Petaluma, police said. 

At about noon, officers were sent to a domestic dispute in the 100 block of Lakeville Circle.

Police said someone told them that the suspect was making suicidal threats and may have a gun. 

Several officers responded and tried to negotiate with the suspect. 

Others officers evacuated residents from nearby apartments. 

Police said outside a home the suspect attempted to shoot himself in the head. 

Officers continued to negotiate with the person but at about 1:50 p.m. the suspect checked the gun, appeared to reload it and pointed it at the officers. 

Police said officers fired at the suspect and injured him. The suspect was taken to a hospital. 

No officers were injured. 

Police said because of the shooting the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Employee-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol was invoked and the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office took over as the lead agency in the investigation. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff's office at (707) 565-2650.