Man Brandishing Knife Shot, Killed by Police in Tujunga Neighborhood

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Police officers shot and killed a man in his 20s in a residential neighborhood in Tujunga on Friday afternoon, Los Angeles police said.


LAPD patrol cars on the scene of an officer-involved shooting at Olcutt Street and Breidt Avenue in Tujunga on April 4, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers were called to the 6400 block of Olcott Street (map) at 3:35 p.m. regarding a man with a mental illness who might be suicidal, according to Capt. Sean Malinowski with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill area.

When officers arrived they found the unidentified man was brandishing a knife.”The officers attempted to use a Taser, which was ineffective, and at that point an officer involved shooting occurred,” Malinowski said.The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aerial video showed what appeared to be a body covered with a white sheet in a backyard.

Multiple patrol cars were on scene, and officers were talking to two women who appeared to be crying.

No officers were injured, Malinowski said.

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra Tijerino contributed to this article.


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