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Police shoot and kill man at a Columbia gas station

An officer-involved shooting in west Columbia leaves a wanted man dead.

Police say they found James Sears III, 38, at the Petro Mart at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Ash Street at around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. They say Sears drew a gun on the officers, then he was shot when he ignored their commands. He later died from his injuries.

Investigators say Sears was wanted for a probation violation relating to drug sales. The Highway Patrol is also investigating.

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