INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) — A suspect who somehow got into the front seat of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol vehicle was fatally shot by deputies in Inglewood.
The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the 3700 block of Imperial Highway.
The suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Edtwon Stamps, was taken to a hospital, where he died. No deputies were injured.
Deputies have not given details about the moments that led up to the shooting, but the chaos was evident in the radio call of a deputy reporting the shooting.
“Everybody be advised. Suspect is down. Suspect is in patrol vehicle,” the deputy says.
It’s not clear if the man was already in the patrol vehicle and somehow got access to the front seat, or if he broke in. A handgun was recovered at the scene.
Video from Sky2 shows bullet holes in the driver’s side windshield.
The suspect’s mother, Kala Jordan, was visibly distraught immediately after the shooting.
“All I know is I got a call. They said my son had been shot. That supposedly he had opened fire on some officers,” she said.
Jordan said her son was a bus driver for Foothill Transit and had gone to pick up food. She says she cannot understand how he went from getting food to being shot and killed by deputies in a patrol car.
“My baby is laying in the hospital, in a morgue,” she said.
Imperial Highway remained closed Friday morning between Doty and Yukon avenues for the deputy-involved shooting investigation.