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Deputies Shoot Man Armed With Hammer in Lynwood: Sheriff’s Officials

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An investigation was underway after a man armed with a hammer was shot by law enforcement in Lynwood Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The incident occurred around 12:35 p.m. after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 3800 block of Lilita Street, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

The person who called authorities said a 44-year-old man was threatening his family with a hammer and may have been intoxicated, investigators said.

The man was still wielding the hammer when deputies responded, and he was shot while officials attempted to detain him, the department said.

Investigators have not said what exactly prompted deputies to use lethal force.

The suspect was wounded in his upper torso and taken to a nearby hospital in unknown condition, authorities said.

It was unclear how many deputies fired their weapons or how many rounds were discharged. A neighbor who was walking his dog at the time said he heard four gunshots.

No deputies were injured.

Detectives say they recovered a hammer at the scene.

Lilita Street was closed at Bullis Road for the investigation, and remained blocked after 6 p.m. Authorities said it would remain closed until further notice.

Officials said motorists could expect heavy traffic in the area, with a possible hit-and-run also being investigated about a mile away, in the 11000 block of Atlantic Avenue.

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