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Mar 23, 2013 3:09 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Man shot when deputies say he pointed fake gun

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - A 49-year-old Castro Valley man is hospitalized after being shot by an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant after authorities say the man pointed a fake gun at deputies.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) deputies were called to a home in Castro Valley around 7 p.m. Friday by family members who said the man was being abusive.

Investigators say the man also called the sheriff's office saying he would shoot any deputies who came to the home.

When an armored sheriff's vehicle arrived, authorities say a sergeant stationed at a porthole on the vehicle opened fire when the suspect pointed what appeared to be a gun at deputies.

Deputies later determined that the man had been holding a fake gun made of wood, with a handle to resemble a rifle.

The man, whose name has not been released, underwent surgery at a local hospital.

His condition was not known.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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