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Suspected Robber Dies, Officer-Involved Shooting In Azusa

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AZUSA (CBSLA.com) — A suspected robber is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Azusa early Monday morning.

The incident happened right before 1 a.m. in the 500 block of South Citrus Avenue where witnesses say a man came running out of an adult video store trying to get the attention of a police officer driving by.

“The officer was flagged down by a citizen saying a robbery had just occurred at a local business,” Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department told CBS2’s Joy Benedict.

Witnesses say the man pointed out the suspect who was fleeing from the scene.

The officer attempted to stop the alleged robber, who did not comply, according to witnesses.

“When the sirens started he got up and started walking and he was told to stop three times,” witness Paul Ryan said. “He made a motion back to the officer, which I couldn’t see because I was blocked by the tree, so I couldn’t see his hands or anything. But he turned toward the officer real quick and the officer shot him twice.”

The suspect, in his late 20s, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting part of the incident.

No weapon has been found, and homicide detectives do not believe the suspect was armed.

“It wasn’t fun. It isn’t any time someone gets shot. Any time any officer has to shoot a person it’s tough for both parties,” Ryan said.

No officer was shot or injured.

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