Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post

Published: Oct 29, 2013 8:19 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a West Palm Beach police officer is in on administrative leave pending an investigation into a fatal shooting during a confrontation with an armed man.
Police Chief Vince Demasi says Officer Christopher Nebbeling fired 12 shots after 24-year-old Demitri Polen pointed a rifle at him Saturday night.
Demasi says he has "no doubt" that Nebbeling feared for his life, noting the rifle Polen had was "designed" to kill people.
The Palm Beach Post ( ) reports the case will be reviewed by internal affairs and the state attorney's office.
Authorities say Nebbeling responded to a call of shots fired. Other officers told him to follow a vehicle, which eventually crashed. Nebbeling started toward the SUV and Polen pointed the weapon at him.
Polen later died at a hospital.
Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post,

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