No firearm was recovered at the scene where deputies fatally shot a man who "took a two-hand shooting stance” when they approached in the Florence-Firestone area near South Los Angeles Wednesday morning, the Sheriff's Department said.
The deputies were sent to the area of Gage Street and Holmes Avenue about 4:30 a.m. on a robbery-in-progress call, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated in the news release.
The caller described the robber as wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, black shorts and having a black handgun, the Sheriff's Department stated.
Approaching deputies spotted a man matching the same description who was standing by himself next to a pay phone near Holmes Avenue and East 64th Street, according to the news release.
When he saw the deputies coming the man allegedly "took a two-hand shooting stance" and a deputy opened fire, the Sheriff's Department stated in the news release.
The man, who was described as Hispanic, was struck by the gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene.
A weapon was not discovered at the scene.
Authorities were looking for a surveillance video showing the shooting, sheriff's Lt. Eddie Hernandez said.
The incident occurred outside a liquor store, and the store's owner witnessed the shooting, area residents told KTLA.
KTLA's Irving Last and Melissa Pamer contributed to this report.