Man Killed in Exchange of Gunfire With Deputy During Traffic Stop

A man was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop early Thursday in the Hyde Park area near South Los Angeles.

The shooting occurred in the area of Crenshaw Boulevard and Florence Avenue around 1 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The driver was pulled over for a vehicle code violation, according to the sheriff's department.

Two men got out of the vehicle and began walking away. One man then pulled out a gun and fired at least one round, according to the sheriff's department. 

"The deputy observed the suspect reaching into his waistband, possibly manipulating something in his waistband," sheriff's Homicide Bureau Lt. Brandon Dean told reporters at the scene. "The deputy told the suspect to stop (and) show his hands, at which time the suspect did not comply. The suspect ultimately retrieved a handgun and fired at least one round we know of at the deputy."

The deputy, who was not injured, fired several rounds, Dean said. 

A second individual was being sought in connection with the traffic stop that led to the shooting. An active search was underway in the area for the second person, but a detailed description was not released.

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