CULVER CITY (CBSLA.com) — A man was fatally shot by officers at a police station in Culver City on Saturday.
The officer-involved shooting occurred about 7:30 a.m. at the Culver City Police Department located at 4040 Duquesne Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Detectives said three officers, at the end of their shift, observed the suspect walk into the facility through the parking gate.
They said the suspect was able to gain entry into the parking lot by following a Culver City Police vehicle.
After an officer asked the man if he needed help, authorities said the suspect produced a small handgun and refused to drop it after being ordered to do so.
Fearing for their safety, two officers said they drew their weapons and fired. They struck the suspect once in the upper torso.
Witness Maria Perez told CBS2’s Art Barron that she heard at least five shots.
“I heard some yelling and then someone said ‘Stop right there.’ Then I heard ‘pop’ and … then ‘pop, pop, pop, pop.’
Officials told Barron the suspect was in his 50s or 60s.
The unidentified suspect was taken to UCLA Medical Center where he later died.
No officers were hurt.
Barron reported police were pouring over surveillance tape of the incident and also trying to establish the dead man’s identity.
Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.