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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Shots were fired near a Christian radio station in central Pennsylvania after police responded to reports that an armed man was headed to the station's offices.
Police say they fired shots in Friday's confrontation; it was not immediately clear whether anyone else did. A coroner has been called to the scene.
WTLR station manager Mark VanOuse (van-OOS') says police were called after warnings that an armed man was driving to the station's Ferguson Township offices.
A witness tells the Centre Daily Times that a man appeared to challenge police with his Ford Bronco and rammed a police cruiser. Witnesses say they heard about a dozen shots fired and that the man's vehicle ran into the side of a building near the station.

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Police Kill Man Who Threatened Pennsylvania Radio Station

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. --
A man who had threatened a Christian radio station was shot and killed by police Friday after he fired at officers with a rifle and tried to run them over with his sport utility vehicle, authorities said.
WTLR station manager Mark VanOuse said the station received a tip around 10 a.m. that someone armed with a shotgun was asking people for the address of the radio station and for money. Police got the same tip and went to the station, Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira said.
Officers intercepted the man as he arrived at the station, where he began shooting at police outside, ramming police cruisers and trying to run over officers on foot, witnesses said. After an exchange of gunfire, the suspect was shot dead in his white Ford Bronco, Madeira said. No one else was wounded.
Witnesses said they heard about 20 rounds of gunfire.
"At least twice he fired from the car," said Brad Shearer, who watched from his office window across the street. He said he saw the man try to run over police officers with their guns drawn.
During a second exchange of gunfire, the gunman's vehicle drifted into a building, Shearer said.
The man, who has not been identified, is believed to have had multiple weapons in the SUV, Madeira said.
VanOuse, who had taken his two employees to a secure room, said he only saw glimpses of what happened. The altercation lasted about 10 to 15 minutes, he said.
"He was moving fast," VanOuse said. "He was blowing right past police cars with officers who had their rifles drawn."
He said he did not know why the station was targeted.
"There is nothing leading up to this point that would have given us any indication of someone being upset with us," VanOuse said.
Madeira said state police are investigating and interviewing people who encountered the man earlier in the day.

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