An investigation was underway Sunday into an officer-involved shooting in which an elderly man was killed at a residence in Bel-Air, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. in front of a home in the 1200 block of Stone Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers arrived at the scene after receiving a call from a utility worker in the neighborhood reporting a man with a gun, police said in a news conference.
“A gas company employee was responding to what we believe was a call of a gas leak in the area,” said Los Angeles police Det. Gus Villanueva. The worker “encountered that same resident, who pointed a handgun at him.”
When officers arrived, they discovered the elderly man standing on the balcony of his home, holding a shotgun. Feeling that their lives were in danger, the officers opened fire on the man, killing him instantly, officials said.
The resident’s name was not released by authorities, but neighbors identified him as Bob Bandler.
Michael Dempsey, who lives near the scene, described Bandler as “a fairly crazy guy.”
“From time to time he’ll get fairly nuts and the police will come up and calm everything down,” Dempsey said. “We never thought much of it. It’s just been part of the background of the neighborhood.”
Steven Verona, who lives across the street from the where the shooting occurred, said his neighbor’s chef “supposedly heard the police say, ‘Bob, don’t do this.’ And then — boom — it was over.”
No officers were injured in the incident, police said.
A handgun and a shotgun were recovered at the home.
“Bob had issues, as they say. Bob was supposedly a Vietnam vet,” Verona said, adding that Bandler “was a major alcoholic, at times, who would go through periods where he’d be fine — one of the sweetest guys in the whole world. But here we are.”
The normally quiet area was blocked off as police investigated the circumstances of the shooting.
Anyone trying to enter the neighborhood was required to show identification.