Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in South Bay

A 26-year-old man was shot and killed by officers at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Saturday.

The man, identifed by Los Angeles County coroner's officials as Ruben Jose Herrera, was taken into custody as a vandalism suspect in the 1600 block of West 207th Street.

Police said he was throwing bottles at an apartment building. He "viciously" attacked two police officers, trying to take one of their stun guns.

The officers were taken to the hospital with injuries. The man was also taken to the hospital.

Two different officers were taking off the man's handcuffs as he was on the gurney at the hospital when an altercation occurred. 

Police said the man attacked officers, and began swinging a metal chair at them. At one point, officers used a stun gun to try to subdue him.

Police said the man then reached for a gun in the officer's holster. 


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"The suspect picked up a metal stool within the emergency room and it was about that time that the officer tried the TASER," Commander Philip Tingirides of the LAPD said. "A witness stated that the suspect reached for one of the officers' guns. At that point an officer involved shooting occurred, and one round was fired."

Despite efforts from the ER staff to revive him, he died. 

Police delayed addressing the public as to what had occurred until next of kin was notified that the man had died. 

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is located at 1000 West Carson Street.

It is the only Level 1 Trauma center in the area that provides care to insured and uninsured patients, and is a teaching hospital, according to its site.

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