Suspected DUI Driver Shot, Killed After Grabbing Deputy’s Gun in Palmdale: Sheriff’s Department

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A man was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in Palmdale on Dec. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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A man accused of driving under the influence before attacking a sheriff’s deputy and reaching for his gun was fatally shot in Palmdale Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A man was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy in Palmdale on Dec. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
A man was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in Palmdale on Dec. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Employees at a Taco Bell, located in the 37900 block of 47th Street East, asked for deputies’ assistance around 3 a.m. after a man drove into the side of the building and parked in the drive-through, Lt. Dave Coleman said.

A man suspected of driving under the influence was located by deputies, extracted from the vehicle, and placed into a sheriff’s car.

After the man took field sobriety tests, deputies decided to place the man under arrest, and one approached the sheriff’s patrol car.

The suspected DUI driver then got out of the vehicle, pushed against the deputy, put him in a bear hug, and a struggle ensued, Coleman said.

An unknown number of other deputies who had arrived on scene then attempted to subdue the man.

The struggle resulted in the man and at least one deputy falling to the ground, and the man grabbing a deputy’s gun, Coleman said.

One of the deputies then shot the man.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His man’s identity was not released Sunday.

A blue-steel pistol and “large” bag of marijuana was later located in the man’s vehicle, the Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

The deputies involved all sustained cuts, bruises and abrasions from the incident

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-TIPS (8477), text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visit http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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