A man who was shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy in Paramount Monday was trying to stop a fight, according to the man's family.
Oscar Ramirez, 28, was gunned down as he fled the scene after police responded to a report that an armed fight was going to take place near Paramount Park.
Ramirez's older brother Kristian Ramirez claimed his sibling was shot despite him actually trying to break up a fight between a 14-year-old and a 20-year-old armed with a knife.
"Shooting someone. My mom’s birthday is Friday, my dad's birthday was last Saturday, my birthday just recently passed a week ago," Kristian Ramirez said. "And now we’ve got to bury him you know. Not the right way to go."
He claims his brother and the two other people involved fled when police arrived, which led to his sibling being shot.
A gun has yet to be recovered from the scene, despite a search continuing well into Monday night.
Ramirez's family is planning to hold a protest about the shooting at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Paramount substation at 4.30pm on Wednesday.
Police previously said a school resource deputy working at Paramount High School had received tips around 2:37 pm on Monday about a fight that was going to take place.
The deputy was given a description of the individuals, and was told one of them was armed with a handgun.
Another deputy assisting in the search spotted individuals who matched the descriptions, officials said. While attempting to contact the man near railroad tracks at Paramount Avenue and Rosecrans Boulevard, the deputy opened fire and struck him.