A man who allegedly lunged at an officer while holding a machete was fatally shot by police in Whittier Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Detectives responded to the 13400 block of Penn Street around 6 a.m. after a citizen called the Whittier Police Department to report a "suspicious" man walking down the street while possibly holding a machete, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Responding officers located the man described in the call and made contact him. While speaking with the man, he allegedly threw a stick at one of the officers, the release stated.
The subject then allegedly lunged at an officer while holding a machete, prompting the officer to open fire, according to the release.
Two Whittier officers shot at the man, and he was hit multiple times, authorities said. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Authorities have not released his name, describing him only as a Hispanic man in his 30s.
No officers were injured during the incident, which occurred near a police station.
A machete was recovered at the scene.
The incident is under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500.
Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.