A man was fatally shot by a deputy as he appeared to draw a weapon in Santa Clarita, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
The incident began Thursday around 7:50 p.m. when deputies spotted a vehicle near Shangri-La and Nathan Hills drives that matched the description of an “assault with a deadly weapon” call that occurred Wednesday, a news release stated.
Further details on Wednesday’s incident were not provided.
A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver “quickly exited vehicle and started yelling profanities at the deputy” while appearing to challenge him to a fight, the release stated.
The driver then refused to comply with the deputy’s commands, turned his body and aggressively reached behind his back, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
He then began to draw the possible weapon, the department said.
The deputy shot the man, who was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The department said a knife was recovered at the scene, but did not confirm if it was in the man’s possession during the incident.
A male passenger was in the vehicle at the time of the altercation and was being interviewed by detectives.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.