A man accused of shoplifting was fatally shot by a security guard inside a Walgreens store in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Just before gunfire broke out, the man had gotten into a physical altercation with the guard after the two argued, LAPD officials said. The shooting happened at the store near Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street about 8:12 p.m. on Sunday.
Authorities are investigating the use of force and plan to review surveillance video inside the store that captured the deadly encounter. It's unclear if the man was armed and he was only described as possibly being in his 20s.
A friend of the victim who witnessed the shooting described a "scuffle" with some shoving between the two.
"After that situation, the security guard then made another advance and that's when Sky turned to make it for the exit and the security guard pulled out his weapon and fired," said Aaliyah Haughto.
When authorities found the man down inside the drugstore, he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died from his wounds, police said.
LAPD Lt. John Radtke said a theft involving the use of force or fear, particularly physical force used against a security guard, is known as an Estes robbery.
Police continue to investigate the incident and no other details have been released.