LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A shirtless man allegedly wielding a knife was killed today in an LAPD officer-involved shooting in the south Los Angeles area.
The shooting occurred about 8 a.m. on Central Avenue near 29th Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which reported that the officers “observed the suspect confront a citizen with a knife, causing that citizen to run away in fear,” just before the deadly confrontation.
The man, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. No officers were injured.
According to an LAPD statement, a Newton Area sergeant “was notified by a citizen who said a man with a knife was walking northbound Central Avenue from 34th Street. The sergeant drove northbound on Central Avenue and observed a man with no shirt, armed with a knife.”
The sergeant requested backup, “and several officers and detectives responded on foot from Newton Station,” according to the statement. “Upon arrival, the officers and detectives observed the suspect confront a citizen with the knife, causing that citizen to run away in fear. The officers and detectives made contact with the armed suspect, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”