A Los Angeles police patrol car struck and killed a man Sunday night who was lying on his back in the street in the Jefferson Park area southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The collision occurred near west Adams Boulevard and Buckingham Road around 10:20 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers were responding to reports of a man running naked in the street.
Sirens were activated as officers searched for the man, but were turned off when he wasn't found. The man was lying flat on his back in the middle of the street when he was run over about three blocks away from where he was reportedly running around.
"Unfortunately before the officers could stop they ended up running over him and he was killed at the scene," said Det. Scott Walton.
The man, who has not been identified, was between 40 and 60 years old, police said.
Two officers were in the patrol car at the time of the crash. Officials said they would be receiving psychological counseling due to the accident.
Streets were blocked off in the area as police investigated the crash.