A man who was allegedly trying to rob a South Los Angeles taco stand was fatally shot by an employee late Friday night, police said.
The incident began about 11:50 p.m. when three men allegedly attempted to rob the stand, which was located in the area of East Century Boulevard and South San Pedro Street, according to Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. James Linder.
One of the two employees working at the stand grabbed a gun and opened fire, hitting one of the would-be robbers, Linder said.
“He defended himself,” LAPD Sgt. M. Mason told the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported that the three men were armed.
The man was taken to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries, according to LAPD Lt. Dolan. His name has not been released.
The other two men fled on foot and have not been caught.
Both taco stand employees were detained for questioning as part of the investigation, Linder said.
No further information was immediately available.
KTLA’s Geoff Peters contributed to this story.