No Gun Found on Man Who Allegedly Took ‘Shooting Stance,’ Was Shot Dead by Deputies in South L.A. Area

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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.

One person was fatally shot in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles when deputies opened fire Wednesday morning. (Credit: KTLA)
One person was fatally shot in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles when deputies opened fire Wednesday morning. (Credit: KTLA)

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. 

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