Man Fatally Shot After Attacking Deputies With Wooden Stake in Santa Clarita: Sheriff’s Officials

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Deputies shot and killed a man who attacked them with a wooden stake during an encounter in Santa Clarita on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Deputies responded to reports of a person acting strangely at about 12:53 p.m. in the 25200 block of Rye Canyon Road and deputies opened fire at about 1 p.m., the Deputy Grace Medrano of the Los angeles County Sheriff's Department Information Bureau said in a written statement.

"When the deputy arrived, he made contact with the suspect who in turn began to fight with the deputy. During the altercation, the suspect was able to disarm the deputy of his handheld radio and Taser," Medrano said.

The deputy went back to his patrol car to radio for backup, officials said. Fellow deputies soon arrived at the scene.

"The suspect charged at the deputies holding a large wooden stake and began to assault them, which resulted in a deputy-involved shooting," according to Medrano.

The suspect was struck twice in the "upper torso" and pronounced dead at the scene, the deputy said.

One of the involved deputies was treated for minor injuries.

Authorities did not identify the man. No further details were available.

Northbound lanes of Old Road at Rye Canyon Road were closed for six hours, according to California Highway Patrol.

Anyone with information was encouraged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's homicide detectives at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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