Man Shot Dead in Orange County After Calling 911, Threatening to Shoot Police: Officials

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A 53-year-old man with a history of erratic behavior was shot and killed by police Wednesday after calling 911 to say he had forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's home with a gun and would shoot any police who arrived, authorities say.

Richard Dinneny was arguing with his ex-girlfriend at her Overlook Drive home in Middletown shortly before 7 p.m. when he apparently threatened to kill her and she called 911, police said. Minutes after the ex-girlfriend called 911, Dinneny called 911 and told the dispatcher he wanted to die, and that he had pushed his way into the woman's home and would kill police who responded.

When two officers arrived, they encountered Dinneny outside the home with a weapon and ordered him several times to drop his gun. He refused, police said, and the two responding officers, both men with at least 10 years of service, fired several shots, striking and killing Dinneny.

Neither officer was injured.   

According to police, neighbors say Dinneny and his ex-girlfriend argued often. 

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