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Caught On Tape: Police Shoot Man Wielding Machete Near Downtown

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KOREATOWN (CBS) — Los Angeles police shot a man who was allegedly attacking another man with a machete in Koreatown.

The incident was reported about 3:50 a.m. Saturday at Beverly Boulevard and Berendo Street.

The violent attack occurred inside a food truck where detectives say the suspect wielding a machete wouldn’t stop slashing his victim until officers tased him, then opened fire.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. The other man was said to be in serious condition.

(Update 10 p.m.): Rita Garcia, reporting for KCAL9, found an eyewitness who caught the incident on his cell phone.

Garcia talked to Joe Piel who lives about a block away from where the shooting occurred.

He said, “You can see when the gunshots ring out, that I go from shaking a little bit…to shaking pretty drastically. It was very intense.”

Police would not tell Garcia if the suspect and the victim knew each other. Witnesses said the men were having some kind of dispute before one pulled out the machete from the back of his shirt and says Piel, “pulled [the machete out] and swung it like a baseball bat…as hard as he could.”

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