Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Man Armed With a Wooden Stake Is Fatally Shot After Smashing Deputy's Patrol Car Window

The injured deputy was treated at a hospital and released

A deputy shot and killed a man who smashed a patrol car windshield and attacked deputies Thursday afternoon with a wooden stake, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The man died at the scene in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita.

A deputy was answering a report of a screaming, shirtless man before the altercation. When the deputy arrived, the two scuffled and the man grabbed the deputy's radio and stun gun, the sheriff's department said.

The deputy ran to a patrol car to call for backup but the man smashed the window with the radio and retreated behind a barrier. When other deputies arrived, the man charged at them with a foot-long wooden stake and a deputy shot him.

The man has not been identified.

The injured deputy was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries, treated and released, the LASD said.

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