Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Man Who Brandished Gun at Police Dies After Officers Open Fire

An armed suspect was shot and killed Thursday in an officer-involved shooting in South Gate.

The shooting stemmed from an attempted traffic stop and short pursuit at 4:13 p.m. in the 9800 block of Bowman Avenue, said Deputy Sara Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is assisting South Gate police in the investigation.

South Gate officers attempted to stop a gold Lexus for a traffic violation when the driver failed to stop and the driver led officers on a two-minute pursuit. The driver stopped the car and was detained while the car's passenger walked away, Rodriguez said.

The passenger was later found by assisting officers inside a shed in the backyard of a residence where he brandished a handgun at the officers and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

"They opened the shed and located the suspect inside, who was armed with a handgun," Lt. Rodney Moore of the LASD said.

Two officers discharged their firearms several times, striking the suspect at least once in his upper body, according to Rodriguez.

The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he died, acccording to Rodriguez. No officers were injured in the shooting.

It wasn't immediately clear if the suspect discharged his handgun, which was recovered at the scene. The suspect's name was not immediately released.

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