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Police: Newark Man Shot By Officers Altered BB Gun To Make It Look Real

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Licking County's prosecutor says police recovered a BB gun that didn't have an orange tip and looked like it could have been a 9-millimeter gun.

Authorities say a suspect shot by police had altered a BB gun to make it look like a firearm and purposely tried to provoke officers in central Ohio.

The city's interim police chief says a 26-year-old man was shot in the hip late Wednesday after he raised his hand holding what appeared to be a firearm when police told him to drop the weapon.

Chief Barry Connell says three officers confronted the man, who was taken to a Columbus hospital. His condition wasn't available Thursday night.

Licking County's prosecutor says police recovered a BB gun that didn't have an orange tip and looked like it could have been a 9-millimeter gun.

The prosecutor's office and police are investigating.