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Deadly incident at site of presidential visit

Tucson, Arizona-AP -- There's been a deadly police shooting near the southern Arizona site that President Bush is visiting today.

A driver was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies after running a roadblock that was set up in preparation for the president's visit. A sheriff's spokesman says the incident doesn't appear related to Bush's trip.

The motorist was stopped at the roadblock set up at the base of fire-ravaged Mount Lemmon early this morning. The sheriff's spokesman says when a deputy approached, the man held a beer out the window and drove on.

He says when deputies caught up with the motorist, he told them he wanted to die. The spokesman says deputies then fired on the man as he drove toward them.

Bush is visiting the area to push his logging policies, which he says will protect people from wildfires. But environmentalists accuse him of gutting environmental laws. About 100 protesters have gathered along a highway in the area.

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