Search for Suspected Armed Burglar Called Off After Man’s Body Found in Azusa

The search for a suspected armed burglar who had been shot at by Azusa police Friday morning ended with the discovery of a man's body a few hours later.

The incident began about 12:40 a.m. when police responded to a 911 call about a possible burglary in the area of West McKinley Street and South Irwindale Avenue, Azusa Police Department Lt. Robert Landeros said.

Arriving officers encountered a man who they say was armed with a gun and a struggle ensued.

“One of our officers ended up firing his firearm during the course of this incident,” Landeros said.

It was unclear if the gunfire struck the man, who fled following the shooting. It was also unclear if the man had fired at officers.

Authorities set up a containment and spent hours searching the area, which Landeros described as industrial.

A SWAT team was also called to help in the search.

Just before 11:30 a.m., the Police Department announced the search was over and a man's body had been found.

Coroner's officials told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the man appeared to be a Latino in his 50s but he had yet to be positively identified.

No further information about the discovery was immediately available.

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