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Joshua Berlinger, Nick Valencia, and Steve Almasy report for CNN:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (CNN) – A homeless man made the 911 call that brought police to the convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot dead, a senior law enforcement official told CNN on Thursday.

Sterling was selling CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart early Tuesday in Baton Rouge, the official said, when the homeless man approached him and asked for money.

The man was persistent, and Sterling showed him his gun, the official said.

“I told you to leave me alone,” Sterling told the man, according to the official.

The homeless man then used his cell phone to call 911, the official said.

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