Sheriff’s Deputies Shoot, Kill Allegedly Armed Man in Whittier Area Who Threatened to ‘Bash Their Heads in’

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Sheriff's deputies shot and killed an allegedly armed man in Whittier, officials said on July 30, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A man who allegedly threatened to “bash” sheriff’s deputies heads in was shot and killed after injuring a deputy with a metal stick in the Whittier area, officials said Thursday.

Pico Rivera station deputies responded to reports of a family disturbance around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 12000 block of Rose Hedge Drive (map) in the unincorporated West Whittier-Los Nietos area, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Responders were met by an allegedly drunk man who was arguing and damaging property.

The man, who was 47 years old, “emerged” from inside a home, approached the sheriff’s deputies and allegedly threatened to “bash their heads in,” the news release stated.

He then returned to the location and came out with a metal stick which he swung at a deputy, hitting the official’s arm.

The sheriff’s deputy then shot the man in his upper torso, and another deputy deployed a Taser.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured sheriff’s deputy was transported to a local hospital and treated for bruising and contusions to his left arm.

L.A. County Sheriff’s homicide detectives responded to the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. 

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