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Man Fatally Shot by Police in San Fernando

A 58-year-old man who allegedly was armed with a knife and threatened officers during a domestic violence call, was shot and killed Sunday by city of San Fernando police, authorities said.

San Fernando police officers responded to a domestic violence call about 11 a.m. in the 100 block of Harding Avenue, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza and Deputy Kimberly Alexander, whose department was handling the investigation.

A woman was reportedly screaming inside the apartment building on Harding Avenue when the officers arrived, Alexander said.

Officers used a pepper spray to try and take the man down, and when that failed, three officers fired their weapons when he refused to drop a knife, she said.

The man was hit at least once in the body by officers' gunfire, and was pronounced dead at a hospital, Alexander said. His name was withheld pending notification of kin.

"We know that he was cohabitating with his girlfriend," Mendoza said. "And she was a victim of an assault (Sunday)."

The man's 55-year-old girlfriend suffered minor injuries in the assault, Alexander said.

The death also was being investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

The City of San Fernando is a small enclave surrounded by the City of Los Angeles at the northern end of the San Fernando Valley. Its 23,000-plus residents are served by a police department of about 35 officers that contracts with the sheriff's department to help handle major incidents.

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