AZUSA (CBSLA.com) — A man was shot and killed by police in a residential neighborhood in Azusa shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Fire officials responded to the scene after receiving a call for an individual who was cut and bleeding in the 400 block of East Lee Dr. The call was then updated to a report of a gunshot wound, upon arriving on the scene.
The 24-year-old Latino — an Azusa resident — had allegedly broken into a house in the neighborhood, and a neighbor says he began acting “insane”, and was screaming “shoot me” at police upon their arrival.
“(My grandfather) was literally right over there by the white fences, and talking to some of the neighbors, and he saw (the man) get shot, and (he) was running around, shouting ‘shoot me, shoot me’,” Shanice Corralejo, whose grandfather witnessed the shooting, explained. “He could tell (the man) was intoxicated.”
“A family member called 911 stating their family member was acting insane and had injured himself,” said Holly Francisco with the LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, “the call was updated that the suspect was breaking into a house nearby.”
The man was shot multiple times and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He was declared dead after arriving.
No officers were hurt in the shooting.
The shooting remains under investigation Sunday.
CBS2’s Erica Nochlin spoke to one of the man’s best friends.
He and family members were gathered at the scene hugging and crying and asking “why.”
“It’s awful, I understand the police do what they gotta do, but precautions could have been taken, you know,” said pal Cody J.
Nochlin said Cody J. didn’t want to comment on his friend’s mental health history but said his friend wasn’t crazy.
“He didn’t have guns or anything, he was a dude, we used to hang out, him and my friend who is about to come out, he was a guitarist and the guy who got shot was drummer , great guy,” said Cody.
Investigators said they weren’t sure that tools found near the man were his but they did not find a gun.