Police Shoot, Kill Man After Responding to Disturbance Call in Lake Balboa

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Los Angeles police are seen at a location in Lake Balboa after an officer shot and killed a suspected vandal on Friday, July 25, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles police shot and killed a man Friday morning after responding to a disturbance call in the Lake Balboa district of the San Fernando Valley, officials said. No one else was injured.

Officers responded shortly before 3:30 a.m. to a report of a man committing an act of vandalism in the 6700 block of Hayvenhurst Avenue, one block west of the Van Nuys Golf Course (map), a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Division said. A caller had said that the man, who was “armed with a stick and rocks,” was possibly drunk and fighting with residents of a home, according to the LAPD spokesman.

After the officers encountered the man and he refused to comply with their commands, “they attempted to use less lethal means to take this individual into custody,” said police Sgt. Albert Gonzalez. “Unfortunately, that proved to be ineffective” and one of the officers open fire in the yard of a residence, he said.

Asked to describe the “less lethal means” in detail, Gonzalez said he “could not divulge that because I don’t know.” He acknowledged that Tasers and bean bag rounds are among the munitions sometimes used by the LAPD.

The man was handcuffed after being struck by gunfire, Gonzalez said, adding that it is standard practice for officers to handcuff violent suspects “to ensure that something else doesn’t occur.”

Coroner’s officials were called to the scene, and were expected to release the man’s name after notifying his family and conducting an investigation. He was described only as being in his 20s.

Hayvenhurst was closed between Vanowen Street and Victory Boulevard while authorities remained at the location.

No other information was immediately available.