Man Armed With Knife Is Shot by Gardena Officer After Yelling ‘Shoot Me’ at Police: Sheriff’s Dept.

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A man who was armed with a knife and shouting at officers to shoot him was indeed shot by police in the Gardena area Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Officers and ambulances respond to a police shooting in Gardena on April 18, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers and ambulances respond to a police shooting in Gardena on April 18, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident was reported about 12 p.m. near the intersection of South Vermont Avenue and West Redondo Beach Boulevard, right outside the Hustler Casino at the border of Los Angeles's Harbor-Gateway neighborhood.

Both Los Angeles and Gardena police officers were called to the scene for a report of a man in the intersection "cutting himself, swinging the knife around," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Corina said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department also received a call about a man stabbing himself at the intersection.

Officers also attempted to calm the man down, but the man kept the knife in his hand. Police shot "less-lethal" stun-bag rounds at the man, but that did not affect him, sheriff's Lt. John Corina told KTLA.

The man then allegedly "came at" a motorcycle officer with the Gardena Police Department, who fired his weapon. The man was shot in the hand and dropped the knife, but "kept getting back up," Corina said.

He got up five or six times, witness Myint Thein said.

An LAPD officer then used a beanbag shotgun, and when the suspect again tried to run, another officer then a Taser and he was taken into custody, sheriff's officials said.

The man yelled "shoot me, shoot me" at the officers before the gunfire, the lieutenant said, describing a history of "anti-social behavior" on the part of the suspect.

"He may have been thinking suicide by cop," Corina said.

No officers were injured during the incident, officials said.

The man was treated for the gunshot wound to his hand and subsequently arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer with a knife. He has only been identified as a 21-year-old Latino man.

A 12-inch knife was recovered at the scene, authorities said.

Aerial video showed a knife left on the sidewalk, which was stained with blood. Discarded items of clothing and evidence markers were seen throughout the intersection.

The Gardena Police Department sent out an alert asking motorists to avoid the area. The CHP also issued a traffic advisory in the area after the incident.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is assisting in the investigation.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.

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