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Aug 4, 2014 2:06 PM

Police: Man shot by guard had realistic pellet gun

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) - Police say a man shot and killed by a security guard at a suburban Denver apartment complex had a pellet gun that looked and felt like a real weapon.

Authorities said Monday that the Airsoft gun found after the Saturday shooting in Westminster did not have an orange tip identifying it as a gun that fires plastic pellets. It also weighed about the same as a handgun.

Police say the security guard fired because 25-year-old David Ludewig appeared to raise a handgun. Relatives say the guard confronted Ludewig and his cousin after he urinated near a garbage bin at the complex.

Investigators say the uniformed guard, whose name has not been released, is cooperating. The district attorney's office will decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.

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