Man dies at Reading Hospital after being shot by police

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by police in Pottstown late Thursday night. The man who was killed was holding a gun, but it turns out it was a BB gun.

When police responded to 40 East High Street, they said they encountered the man in the back of a building. Friends called police after the man posted pictures of himself with a gun on social media.

"Please don't tell me he's gone, and he said he didn't make it," said Omar Andrews.

Investigators said the man, whose name has not been released, was outside holding a weapon. At some point, an officer fired a shot.

"I don't know what happened after that. I heard the 'pop' and that was it,” Andrews said.

Authorities said a BB gun was found near the man, who later died after being flown to Reading Hospital.

Andrews is friends with the man who was shot. He said prior to the shooting, his friend posted pictures on social media that raised concerns.

"I looked on the pages and he did have a pistol in his mouth and pistol at his head, and by the time I went out the door, the police were just coming in and they were trying to get a hold of him," he said.

It's not clear if the man pointed the gun at officers, but we're told he was holding one when police confronted him.

Andrews said the Facebook posts are out of character, but said a recent family tragedy may have pushed his friend over the edge.

"We got along really great, but you never know. You never know what's inside a person. You can put a good smile on your face, but on the inside, you might be getting eaten up," said Andrews.

It's not clear how many shots were fired. Investigators also said they are holding off on releasing the identities of the officers involved, which is their protocol.

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