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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A man was in the hospital after being shot by police Saturday morning, the Fort Collins Police Department said.

It happened in the 1600 block of Hastings Drive, where yellow crime tape surrounded nearly the entire block and evidence markers littered the street.

Police said just after 8 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call from a man who identified himself as Austin Snodgrass.

“The caller had reported that he came out of his room and saw an unknown person stabbing his roommate,” officer Brandon Barnes said.

“I heard a car screech up to the front of my house. I came out front, the officer told me to get back in the house. Said there was a stabbing up the street. He got out of the car with a gun, walked that way,” said a man who lives three doors down but didn’t want to be identified.

Police said when they arrived, Snodgrass emerged from the home in question.

“When they began to approach, the suspect did emerge from the residence with a gun. At that time, one officer had fired and those shots struck the suspect,” Barnes said.

“Cops just started shooting,” the neighbor said.

Witnesses said it sounded like at least eight rounds of automatic gunfire. Bullets hit cars and car windows, and left the suspect injured in the street.

On Sunday, police said the weapon was later determined to be a "pellet gun replica of a Walther handgun."

“We’re pretty close to the college here, a lot of parties, a lot of late nights in some of these houses around here so I’m used to it,” the neighbor said.

Inside the home where the original call was reported, police said a search turned up empty.

Investigators went door to door looking for anything that might help shed light on the situation.

On Sunday, police said they contacted the alleged stabbing victim and found that he was unharmed and had not been in the house at the time of the 911 call.

The multi-jurisdiction critical response team is overseeing the investigation.

Police have not said how many times the suspect was shot or given an update on his condition.

Officer Matthew Brede was identified as the officer who shot Snodgrass. Brede has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

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