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Man killed after trespassing at nuclear site in Nevada

Posted at 9:50 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 17:28:17-04

MERCURY (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man who entered a secured federal site north of Las Vegas where the government used to test nuclear bombs.

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A spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration says the man failed to stop at the security gate on Monday at the Nevada National Security Site. Darwin Morgan says the man drove for about 8 miles before he parked, got out of his car and approached security officials.

Nye County Sheriff's deputies and nuclear site officers told the man to drop the object in his hand and stop approaching. Morgan says they shot him when he refused.

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The man, whose identity has not yet been released, died at the scene.

The FBI has been notified.