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Body cam footage shows moments before fatal shootout between Utah man, police in Las Vegas

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-16 21:12:27-04

Note: While the video above doesn't show any graphic details, some viewers may find the footage upsetting. 

LAS VEGAS – A man from Utah was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Las Vegas last Friday, and footage from the encounter has been released that shows the exchange prior to shots being fired.

James Michael Todora--a 54-year-old resident of Dammaron Valley in Washington County, Utah—was pulled over by police making a routine traffic stop.

In the video, an officer can be heard asking Todora to step out of the vehicle due to the presence of a firearm before Todora says he is going to shoot himself. See the video above for footage of the exchange.

Las Vegas Metro Police said Todora fired two rounds at the officers, grazing one of them in the neck. The officers returned fire, and Todora suffered fatal wounds.

Authorities said the body camera footage shows a pretty clear picture of what happened, but the shooting is still under investigation.

Todora apparently thought he was being stopped for going by his wife's house, and he told police he was not going to jail before opening fire.