Man Fatally Shot in Compton After Allegedly Pointing Gun at Deputy; No Firearm Found

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A man was fatally shot by authorities in Compton on Thursday evening after he allegedly pointed a gun at a deputy during a foot pursuit, but an extensive search did not turn up any weapon, the Sheriff’s Department said.

A man was fatally shot by deputies in Compton on Aug. 25, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)
A man was fatally shot by deputies in Compton on Aug. 25, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Two deputies were working in a marked radio car in the 400 block of Wilmington Avenue when they encountered a man standing on the sidewalk at about 8:30 p.m., a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated.

The man pulled out a handgun and then ran away from the approaching deputies, who were trying to talk to him, according to the news release.

The deputies gave chase and eventually caught up with the man near the intersection of West Arbutus Street and North Kemp Avenue, where the man pointed the gun at one of the deputies, the Sheriff’s Department said.

That’s when at least one of the deputies opened fire, striking the man, according to the news release.

The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither of the deputies were injured.

Investigators were searching the area, including a nearby wash, in an attempt to find the man’s handgun, according to the news release.

No firearm was found as of Friday afternoon, despite an extensive search, the department said.

Witnesses were asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department, and anyone who finds a firearm in the area is asked to call 911.

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.

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