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Deputies Fatally Shoot Man They Say Was Acting Erratic In Paramount

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PARAMOUNT (CBS) — Authorities say a man in his early 20s was fatally shot by a deputy in Paramount Tuesday morning.

The deputy-involved shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. in the 16400 block of Paramount Boulevard, just north of Long Beach.

When deputies encountered the man in the street, he was waving his hands in the air, talking to himself, walking in circles, sitting down and standing. The deputies contacted him, thinking his erratic behavior might be caused by narcotics use, Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.

As the deputies walked up to him, he sat down, but when the deputies were close enough, he jumped up, grabbed a deputy’s handgun and they struggled over it, Corina said. During the struggle, the deputy shot twice, hitting the man.

The man was shot in the chest area, taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man’s name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The deputy involved in the shooting was not injured. His name was not released.

The fatal shooting is being investigated by the sheriff’s Homicide and Internal Affairs Bureaus, as well as the LA County District Attorney’s office and the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review.

(©2012 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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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