HAWTHORNE (CBSLA.com) — A spousal abuse suspect died Wednesday after he was shot during an encounter with police in Hawthorne.
Authorities responded to a 911 spousal abuse call in the 13900 block of Cerise Avenue around 12:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Witnesses indicated the suspect barricaded himself inside a storage room in the parking garage of an apartment building.
Police said they tried to take the man into custody peacefully, but the suspect suddenly stepped out with a handgun, which forced an officer to fire, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he later died. No officers were hurt.
A handgun was recovered at the scene.
The incident is under investigation.
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