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Suspect Killed In Palmdale Deputy-Involved Shooting

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PALMDALE (CBS) —  Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man in Palmdale, officials announced Saturday.

The deputy-involved shooting was reported at 6 p.m. Friday in the 38500 block of Larkin Avenue, according to Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

Deputies responded to a call of “a male acting violently.” Family members told police the man was possibly under the influence of drugs.

The  suspect left the location before authorities arrived, Hecht said.

During the search for the suspect, a Los Angeles police officer flagged down deputies and told them he and his fiance had just been assaulted by a man with a metal pipe, Hecht said. The suspect matched the description of the person deputies were looking for.

Two deputies later saw a man matching the suspect’s description, Hecht said. He was standing in the middle of Larkin Avenue, and he fled when he saw the deputies.

“The suspect attempted to scale a high block wall, but deputies were able to pull the suspect down from the wall and a physical altercation ensued,” Hecht said.

During the scuffle, the suspect took one deputy’s duty weapon and pointed it at him, Hecht said.

“The deputy quickly pushed the suspect’s hands upward, and at that moment the suspect fired at least one shot into the air,” Hecht said.

No one was struck by this gunfire.

“The deputy drew his back up weapon and fired multiple rounds at the suspect,” Hecht said. “Simultaneously, the second deputy saw the suspect with a gun and fired multiple shots at the suspect.”

The man — struck multiple times in the upper torso — collapsed and dropped the deputy’s service weapon, Hecht said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One deputy suffered a broken hand during the altercation, Hecht said.

He was treated at a hospital.

The LAPD officer and his fiance were also treated and released from a nearby hospital.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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