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Oct 2, 2011 9:39 AM by Kate Richards

Suspect in murdered councilman killed in manhunt

FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man suspected of killing a Fort Bragg councilman and county land trust official was fatally shot by officers after he raised his high-powered rifle in an encounter six miles east of the Northern California town.

Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman said at a press conference Saturday evening that Aaron Bassler died instantly after officers shot him seven times, bringing to an end a weeks-long manhunt.

Allman says officers found Bassler with the help of a bloodhound tracker dog that found his tracks after a burglary at a nearby truck shop.

Dozens of local and federal authorities had been searching in the redwood forests near Fort Bragg, putting the residents of the coastal town on edge.

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