A man who was allegedly armed with a shotgun was fatally shot by police in Montebello Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The incident was reported about 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of 2nd Street and Victoria Avenue, when a person spotted the man possibly drinking and smoking marijuana, Montebello Police Department officials said in a news release hours after the incident.
The first responding officer saw the man walking with what appeared to be a rifle. The officer requested backup, but an officer-involved shooting occurred.
The man was treated at the scene for at least one gunshot wound and taken to a hospital. He was later declared dead.
The man, who has not been identified, was armed with a shotgun, police said.
“It appears at this time, that the suspect discharged the shotgun at least one time, and the officers returned fire striking the suspect at least one time in the upper torso,” Deputy Edmo Luna of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said in a written statement.
The area was closed down during the investigation.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was spearheading the investigation into the shooting.