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FAYETTEVILLE -- A Fayetteville police officer shot a man in the leg after the man pointed a rifle at another officer, according to a department spokesman.

Police responded about 7 p.m. Monday to a call of a suicide threat at a home on South Splash Drive, north of Huntsville Road near Lake Sequoyah, Sgt. Anthony Murphy said.

According to Murphy, police went to the backyard of the home and found a man who pointed a rifle at one officer, who dove to the ground. Another officer shot the man holding the rifle in his leg, he said.

Police applied a tourniquet to the man's leg and he was taken for hospital treatment, Murphy said.

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