Deputies fatally shoot man accused of running with handgun in South L.A. neighborhood of Westmont

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Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man who allegedly ran toward detectives while armed with a gun in the South L.A. neighborhood of Westmont, authorities said Wednesday.

Homicide detectives responded to the 1100 block of West 109th Place, where the shooting occurred about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were performing a surveillance operation when they saw the man running while carrying a handgun, authorities said.

“As the suspect fled down the street towards detectives, he pointed a handgun at detectives and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” reads a statement from the department.

The man was shot multiple times in the upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Officials found a handgun near his body, according to the department.

Authorities have not released his identity as an investigation continues within the department’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau.

Anyone with information can reach detectives at 323-890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or visit lacrimestoppers.org.

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