Redondo Beach Police Fatally Shoot Man Wielding Pellet Gun

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Investigators comb the scene of a police shooting in Redondo Beach on July 26, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Investigators comb the scene of a police shooting in Redondo Beach on July 26, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

A man with an airsoft gun was shot and killed by police in Redondo Beach on Thursday, investigators said.

Authorities received reports of a man with a firearm in the 2500 block of Gates Avenue around 4:10 p.m., according to Lt. Rodney Moore with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the incident.

As officers were responding to the location, it was reported that the man may have been chasing someone and possibly fired shots.

An officer who arrived at the scene confronted the suspect, then shot him, Moore said. It was unclear what exactly prompted the lethal use of force.

The suspect was struck at least once in his upper torso. He died after being transported to a local hospital, officials said.

The man’s name was not immediately released, but Moore described him as a Latino in his 20s.

When investigators recovered the weapon he was using, they discovered it was some sort of pellet gun, according to Moore. The lieutenant said he was unsure what sound the weapon made upon discharge but described it as “very realistic-looking.”

Detectives could not locate the person the man was reported to have been chasing.

No officers were injured.

The information gathered Thursday was preliminary as investigators had not yet interviewed witnesses or the officer who fired, Moore noted.

The officer involved was equipped with a body camera, but Moore did not believe it was turned on.

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