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Man Killed In Downtown Officer Involved Shooting

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) —  A Los Angeles police officer Tuesday fatally shot a man allegedly armed with a knife in downtown Los Angeles.

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.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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