Man Shot, Killed by Deputy Responding to Report of Fight in Paramount

A sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man in Paramount on Monday while responding to a report of a fight involving someone who was armed with a firearm, officials said.

No gun was immediately found, though officers were still searching the scene at Paramount Park for a weapon last night.

A school resource deputy working at Paramount High School received tips around 2:37 p.m. about a fight that was going to take place, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. 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.

The man, described as Hispanic and in his late 20s, died at the scene. No deputies were injured.

"We were in the bleachers I was doing my homework and all of a sudden I heard six gunhots," a student at the school said. "We went on top of the bleachers and then 10 minutes later we saw a bunch of cops, like about six cops, around the railroad tracks."

Pupils were kept inside classrooms until the school day ended, with the lock down lasting less than 30 minutes.

Deputies were looking for a second suspect immediately after the shooting.

"The investigation is on-going and a handgun has not been recovered at this point," the Sheriff's Department said in the news release.

The District Attorney, Internal Affairs Division and Homicide Bureau are all conducting investigations into the incident.

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