Deputies Fatally Shoot Armed Man in East L.A.: Officials

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Deputies shot and killed a man they say pulled a gun on them in East Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Deputies shot and killed a man they say pulled a gun on them in East Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

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Deputies shot and killed a man who officials say pulled a gun when approached by the deputies in East Los Angeles on Monday afternoon.

The shooting took place about 5:30 p.m. in the 3600 block of 4th Street, near Indiana Street, according to Deputy Michelle Sanchez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Information Bureau.

Deputies approached a pedestrian "to make contact," Sanchez said in a written statement.

The man, who was wanted on a warrant, pulled a gun, Lt. Derrick Alfred of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau said.

"We believe he fired a single round. The deputies returned fire," the lieutenant said. "A foot pursuit ensued, a second deputy involved shooting occurred. The suspect was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene."

"A handgun was recovered near the suspect," Alfred said. No deputies were hurt.

A neighborhood resident who declined to provide his name gave a very different version of events.

"What we witnessed was he had his hands up, kneeled down, he was surrendering," the man said. "Cops fired about four shots, three seconds later, walked up to the man, executed him with about three other shots."

The identity of the suspect was not released Monday night.

Anyone with information can reach the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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