A woman recounts her terrifying encounter with a man who was shot by police in Culver City. Officers say they took him down when he allegedly pulled a shotgun after crashing a stolen Lexus. Robert Kovacik reports from Culver City on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
A man who allegedly pointed a shotgun at deputies in Culver City Friday was shot three times and taken to a local hospital.
Authorities responded around 2:30 p.m. to the 11000 block of Washington Boulevard after receiving reports of a man with a shotgun in the area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Detectives said the man was speeding in a stolen vehicle when he crashed in the 4000 block of Elenda Street.
Witness Mia Pontes said the vehicle crashed into her neighbor’s wall. She then came face-to-face with him.
“I looked him dead in the eye,” Pontes said. “Then it clicked that he was holding a gun.”
Pontes said she ran into her home, gathered her animals and hid in a closet and called 911.
When deputies arrived on scene, they found the man walking with a shotgun on Washington Boulevard outside a 7-Eleven convenience store. The man allegedly raised the gun to deputies and was shot in the upper torso, authorities said.
“There was some evidence that the shotgun had been fired at the scene,” said Lt. Dave Dolson. “We don’t know if he fired first, or after, or before the officers got there.”
The man, not yet identified by authorities, was taken to a hospital in stable condition, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s officials at (323) 890-5500.