Police shot a 52-year-old man who was allegedly waving a knife and acting erratically inside a Jefferson Park market on Friday morning.
The man, who was hospitalized in critical condition, was accompanied by a 6-year-old boy. Police rushed the child out of the store following the officer-involved shooting. His relationship to the man was not immediately clear.
The incident happened about 7:50 a.m. in the Advance Food Market located at 5469 W. Adams Blvd. in the West Adams District, LAPD officer Christopher No said.
Two officers responding to an employee's 911 call arrived and got in an altercation with the man. The 52-year-old was first shot with a stun gun before officers used deadly force, LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.
"If they're not compliant verbally, then we might have to put hands on a suspect," Lopez said. "If that doesn't work, then we may have to go to the next force, which might be a Taser, might be a kick. It might be a baton -- those are different options that are given to us."
"But ultimately if none of that is working and an officer feels that his life is in danger, then at that point, we would use deadly force."
The man was hospitalized in critical condition, police said. No other injuries were reported.