Man Fatally Shot After Firing at Officers, LAPD Says

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A man who allegedly opened fire on police was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Pico-Union Tuesday night, authorities said.

It happened around 9 p.m. near Pico Boulevard and Bonnie Brae Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.


Police questioned people as they searched for a second man following the incident.

Two plainclothes LAPD officers were in the area conducting gang surveillance, police said.

There was a viewing going on at a nearby church for a person who may have had gang ties, investigators said.

A man approached the officers’ vehicle and fired on them at close range, police said.

The officers returned fire, shooting multiple rounds. The man was hit and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither of the officers was injured.

At the same time, one of the officers appeared to see a flash coming from the direction of the church, police said.

The officers apparently believed they were also being fired on from someone inside the building.

Police cordoned off the area and brought as many as 50-75 people out of the church one by one for questioning.

One person was arrested for having a loaded firearm inside the church, Lt. Jeff Pailet said.

A woman who had two magazines of ammunition was also detained, Pailet said.

Investigators believed that at least one person involved in the incident remained at large.

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