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Man Shot By LA Sheriff’s Deputies Identified

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PALMDALE (AP) — Authorities have identified a man fatally shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies after he grabbed a deputy’s gun during a struggle.

A coroner’s spokesman says 31-year-old Javier Ortiz of San Fernando died at the scene of the shooting Friday in Palmdale.

Sgt. Diane Hecht said the shooting came at the end of a pursuit by deputies searching for a man whose relatives said was acting violently. During the search, an off-duty police officer flagged down deputies and said he had been attacked by a man with a metal pipe.

Hecht said the suspect matched the description of the person they were looking for.

When deputies spotted the suspect and grabbed him as he tried to climb a wall. During the scuffle, Hecht said the man grabbed a deputy’s gun but the deputy reached for a back-up weapon and fired at him.

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