Police Shoot, Kill Man Who Opened Fire on Them in South Gate: Sheriff’s Department

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Police fatally shot a man in South Gate on March 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Police fatally shot a man who opened fire on them following a pursuit in South Gate early Sunday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers with the South Gate Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop when the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, a Sheriff’s Department news release stated.

Police initially pursued the vehicle, which had two occupants, but later decided to cancel the chase due to poor driving conditions. Images of the scene showed a rain-soaked roadway.

The vehicle continued eastbound on Tweedy Boulevard and was involved in a solo-vehicle crash near Burtis Street.

Both occupants then allegedly attempted to flee on foot.

The passenger was detained without incident, but the driverĀ fired at pursuing officers, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Police then shot the man in the upper torso, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A weapon was recovered in the area, the Sheriff’s Department added.

An investigation into the shooting was underway.