LA County Sheriff's Deputies say they believed Alfonso Cerda Sr. was carrying a gun when they tried to stop the bicyclist in Inglewood early Monday. Cerda was killed in a collision involving a deputy’s patrol vehicle. No gun was found and his family members say the 45-year-old father of three never carried a weapon. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Inglewood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2012.
A man on a bike who was being sought by deputies was killed early Monday in a collision involving a deputy's patrol vehicle in Inglewood, according to authorities.
Family members identified the victim as a 45-year-old Alfonso Cerda, a father of three who lived in the neighborhood.
Deputies were attempting to contact the individual because they thought he had a gun, authorities said. No weapon was found.
"My dad never carried a weapon," said Alfonso Cerda Jr. "If he was on his bike he had a flashlight, his wallet, and that's it -- and his happiness."
Two sheriff's deputies attempted to stop the man, who they believed was armed, according to the sheriff's department.
"At that time, the man on the bicycle took off," said Lt. James Madia, of the Inglewood Police Department. "He tried to escape from the deputies. They gave chase in the police car."
The collision occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in the 3500 block of West 107th Street. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said.
Cerda rode the bike around the neighborhood, fixing electric items and selling old clothes, family members said.
"My dad didn't deserve to die," said Cerda Jr. "How do you hit someone with a 5,000-pound vehicle? How does that happen?"