SPOKANE, Wash. -

Authorities have confirmed Jeremy Arnold was armed with a realistic looking pellet gun which he pointed at officers as he got out of his truck, prompting officers to shoot and kill him.

Arnold, 37, was the suspect in the killing of Tracy Fergerstrom, 46, whose body was found inside Arnold's home by a neighbor Tuesday morning.

Several hours later, as detectives were investigating the crime scene, Arnold drove up to the scene in Fergerstrom's truck and ran through a police barricade. Officers immediately recognized him and started approaching the vehicle. As he started getting out officers noticed he had a handgun in his left hand and commanded him to drop it.

Arnold ignored their commands, continued to get out of the vehicle and, at point blank range, pointed the gun at several officers who responded by opening fire on him, hitting him several times. He died at the scene.