A man armed with a handgun was shot and killed by police early Monday in the Westlake area, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The shooting happened about 3:50 a.m. at Eighth and Bixel streets, said Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department's media relations office. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died, Cervantes said.
His name was not immediately available.
No officers were injured.
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Officers attempted to speak with the man near Seventh and Bixel streets, but he ran to Eighth and Bixel streets, where he ``produced a handgun'' and police opened fire, Cervantes said. It was not immediately clear why officers sought to contact the man.
"During that investigation a suspect who was on foot ran from the officers, resulting in a foot pursuit," said Sgt. Bruce Borihanh. "As the officers approached this individual he produced a firearm."
A handgun was recovered at the scene, and the investigation was continuing, Cervantes said.