A deputy-involved shooting in East Los Angeles that left one man dead early Sunday morning is being investigated by Sherriff Homicide Detectives, according to authorities.
The shooting, near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Ferris Avenue took place just after 4 a.m., according to a Sherriff’s Department statement.
Deputies were conducting a traffic stop to investigate a possible stolen vehicle when a male passenger in the car became “combative with the deputies and a struggle ensued,” according to the department.
The suspect was armed and attempted to reached for his weapon during the struggle, deputies said.
The suspect refused “several commands” to comply with deputies’ orders and continued to struggle, to stop reaching for his weapon, and was fatally shot.
The suspect, described as 29-year-old male Hispanic, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect’s name has not yet been released.
According to authorities, a 22-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene.
Two additional occupants in the vehicle have been detained, according to authorities.
A four-block stretch of Whittier Boulevard remained closed at 10:00 a.m. as homicide detectives investigated the shooting.
Anyone with information was asked to call the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org .
There was a deputy-involved shooting tonight in Laguna Park in East Los Angeles, a sheriff’s official said.
The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. at the park at Dittman Avenue and Verona Street, said Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert closing the Dittman Avenue off-ramp from the Santa Ana (5) Freeway due to “police activity.”
A perimeter was established around the park and deputies were still searching the area at 11:30 p.m. on foot and by helicopter,
KCAL9 reported deputies were searching the area for the suspect fired upon by deputies.
They do not believe the suspect was hit.