The shooting occurred about 12:20 p.m. at Fifth and Spring streets, said Los Angeles police officials. The man, who was not immediately identified, died at a hospital, according to police.
Authorities say at least two detectives were working on the street when they saw a man in his mid 30s who appeared to be a transient “cutting up possible narcotics.”
French said the detectives “tried to make contact” with the man, and as they approached him he turned and the knife was pointing at the officers.
“It was at this point an officer-involved shooting occurred,” officials said.
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