HUNTINGTON PARK (CBSLA.com) — Police in Huntington Park on Thursday fatally shot a man they said attempted to attack them with a pipe.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives are investigating the incident that took place Thursday around 2 p.m. in the 2400 block of East 57th Street in Huntington Park.
Authorities said Huntington Park police received a call from a work crew that was attempting to clear railroad tracks, but a homeless person was refusing to leave the area.
When Huntington Park officers arrived, they encountered a 35-40-year-old Latino who had armed himself with rocks.
Officers said they used a stun gun to take the suspect into custody. As one officer attempted to handcuff the suspect, the man allegedly picked up a 5-foot lead pipe. Fearing for his partner’s life, a second officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect.
The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The identity of the suspect will be made by the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.