Man Fatally Shot by South Gate Police After Brief Pursuit, Officials Say

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South Gate police fatally shot a man who was involved in a short pursuit after he allegedly brandished a weapon at officers on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

A man was fatally shot by police in South Gate, spurring an investigation on Dec. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A man was fatally shot by police in South Gate, spurring an investigation on Dec. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident began when officers from the South Gate Police Department attempted to pull over a gold Lexus for a traffic offense. The driver didn't yield, prompting police to initiate the brief chase, according to news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

About two minutes later, however, the Lexus stopped and the driver was detained without incident. While that was happening, the passenger got out of the vehicle and started leaving the scene, sheriff's officials said.

Officers later found him in a shed in the backyard of a home in the 9800 block of Bowman Avenue. Then, the suspect "brandished a handgun at the officers and an officer involved shooting occurred," the release stated. 

Two officer opened fire on the individual, hitting him at least once in the chest.

He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities have not identified the man.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, and investigators were working to determine if the suspect fired any shots.

No officers were injured and the incident is being investigated by local police and homicide detectives from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, officials said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or you can leave an anonymous tip by dialing Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. 

KTLA's Meghan McMonigle contributed to this story.

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