Armed Man Fatally Shot in East L.A. During Traffic Stop: Sheriff’s Dept.

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An investigation was underway after deputies shot and killed a 29-year-old man in East Los Angeles on Feb. 14, 2016, authorities said. (Credit: KTLA)

An investigation was underway after deputies shot and killed a 29-year-old man in East Los Angeles following a confrontation early Sunday morning, authorities said.

The incident began when deputies conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Ferris Avenue and Whittier Boulevard shortly after 4 a.m. to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

During the stop, a male passenger became combative with the deputies and a struggle ensued, the release stated.

As the confrontation continued, the deputies “became aware the suspect was armed and was attempting to retrieve his weapon,” sheriff’s officials said.

They gave the man several commands to comply with their orders, which he allegedly ignored. At that point, the deputies opened fire, according to the release.

The man was struck by the gunfire; he was later pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

No deputies were injured in the incident. A .22-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene, authorities said.

Two women inside the vehicle — a female driver and a female passenger — were taken into custody for questioning, sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez said at the scene.

As with any deputy-involved shooting, multiple agencies — including the L.A. County coroner’s office, sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau — were investigating.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Those who would like to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477, texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637, or by going to the website

KTLA’s Erin Myers contributed to this story.