South Gate police officers on Saturday shot and killed a man who ran away from them and may have been armed with a handgun, authorities said.
The incident began when multiple officers responded about 10:08 p.m. to a 911 call of a man and a woman fighting in the 9200 block of San Luis Avenue, according to a news release issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was assisting in the investigation.
After receiving information that the man may have been armed, the officers attempted to contact the man, the news release said, adding that he “was uncooperative and failed to respond to officers’ directions.”
As the officers moved to detain him, the man ran away, “continually grasping at his waistband area,” the Sheriff’s Department said. He was shot after he reportedly turned toward the officers, who feared that he was armed.
A weapon was recovered from him, officials said. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A multi-agency investigation was underway, conducted by the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs unit, and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.