A man who appeared to be armed was shot by sheriff’s deputies who believed he was attempting to rob them in Lancaster, officials said Wednesday.
The undercover deputies were in an unmarked vehicle in the 1100 block of West Avenue H14 around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.
They were working for Operation Safe Street at the time and in surveillance mode in support of a robbery investigation.
A man approached the front driver-side window pointing what appeared to be a gun while wearing a “makeshift mask” that concealed the lower half of his face, the Sheriff’s Department said.
“Fearing for their lives, the deputies fired their weapons at the suspect from within the car, striking the suspect several times,” the news release stated.
The department said the deputies believed the man intended to rob them.
He then ran in a northwest direction and was located in the 45000 block of Kingtree Avenue about a half mile away.
The injured man, who was in his 20s, was transported to a local hospital where he was being treated. Details on his injuries were not provided.
His weapon was later discovered to be a Co2 BB gun.
“It is incidents like these that once again raise the issues of altering replica weapons to look like lethal firearms,” the Sheriff’s Department stated.
No deputies were injured during the altercation.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.