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(Memphis)  Memphis police shot and killed a man in Cordova, while serving an animal cruelty warrant Friday night.

The shooting happened around 6:30 Friday night on Cameron Ridge Trail. Once inside the home, police say the homeowner pointed a loaded pistol at them.

An officer shot and killed the man.

Police found cats, dogs and chickens living in filth. Investigators think the man may have left his back door open at all times to allow possums and raccoons to enter the home.

According to police, the Memphis Animal Shelter tried to serve a warrant at the house earlier in the week, but the man threatened shelter employees.

Police officers tried to talk to him Friday afternoon, but the man refused to open the door.

That’s when the decision was made to bring in the Tact Unit.

“I’m grateful the different divisions of government were able to communicate, says Police Director Toney Armstrong. The animal shelter reached out to us and allowed us to do what we’re trained to do.”

The animals collected from the home were taken to the shelter. If the family doesn’t claim them in three days, they will be put up for adoption.