Investigators say a man who was shot by El Monte police had claimed he had a gun and threatened to shoot the officers before the altercation occurred outside an El Monte liquor store on Tuesday.
Police responded to reports of a disturbance at a liquor store in the 10500 block of Garvey Avenue around 5:45 p.m., officials said.
A 48-year-old man came out of the business with both hands in his waistband, and with what appeared to be a bulge underneath, when police responded, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina said.
“He’s yelling at them, ‘I have a gun. I’m going to shoot you; you better kill me,” Corina said.
The man then allegedly ran toward the officers, who then shot him multiple times. He was transported in unknown condition, but was expected to survive.
Investigators later realized the bulge was actually a water bottle, Corina said.
Prior to their arrival, Corina said the liquor store owner claimed the man was going in and out of the store, knocking things over, and threatening to rob the place.
Believing the man was armed, the owner pulled out a gun, prompting the man to leave as police arrived.
The owner told investigators she did not recognize the man.
No officers were injured during the altercation.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tippers could call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to 274637, or visit the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.