Cops Shoot Man Dead In L.A.; Protests Ensue

Protesters were gathering after a police involved-shooting in Los Angeles Monday afternoon. The scene is in the 1200 block of West 109th Place.

Local media reports a man was stopped on a bicycle for code violations when he took off running. Deputies later caught up with the man who was carrying a bundle of clothes. Officials say the suspect punched a deputy and then dropped the clothes–at which time a handgun fell to the ground.

Witnesses say deputies fired over a dozen shots at the suspect, whom the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says was armed. Some witnesses say the suspect was struck in the back—this was not confirmed.

The suspect was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. No deputies were injured.

The department said, During the contact, a fight ensued between the suspect and deputies. The suspect produced a handgun and a deputy-involved “hit” shooting occurred. The suspect’s handgun was recovered.

Video circulating online shows the scene but not what led up to the shooting.

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