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LAPD: Man With Towel-Wrapped Arm Shot by Police in Los Feliz Was Unarmed

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An unidentified man in his 30s was not armed when he was shot by LAPD officers in Los Feliz, leaving him critically injured, police said Saturday. 

The man had flagged down police officers on Los Feliz Boulevard near Tica Drive (map) around 6:30 p.m. Friday, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. John Jenal said.

“This person then extended their arm, which was wrapped in a towel, and the officer exited the vehicle and quickly said, ‘drop the gun, drop the gun,’ and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Jenal said.

After the shooting, two officers handcuffed the man, who was bloodied and appeared to have a significant head wound, graphic video of the incident showed.

Handcuffing the man was protocol, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the Los Angeles Times.

"We always do that," Smith said. "That's the policy ... to handcuff someone in a situation like that."

The man was hospitalized and said Friday to be in critical condition.

Officers with LAPD’s Security Services division were believed to be involved in the incident.

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