Man with hatchet fatally shot by sheriff’s deputy in Compton

A man who wielded a hatchet and threatened an employee at a supermarket in Compton was fatally shot by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The incident began around 12:15 p.m. when deputies responded to an 911 call reporting a gunman entering an AM/PM store on the 2000 block of South Santa Fe Avenue, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

Mohammad Bahmani, owner of the shop, said a clerk noticed the man with a hatchet entering the shop and told him to leave.

The man threatened and swung the hatchet at the employee, who managed to dodge a blow, Bahmani said. CCTV footage shows the man leaving and then heading back to the store before disappearing from view.

The store clerk went outside to call 911, Bahmani said.

Bahmani said he has not spoken to his employee since the incident.

According to the sheriff’s department, deputies searched the area and located the suspect at the Compton Town Center Plaza mall.

The deputies watched the suspect approach one of the stores, still hatchet in hand, and he was shot by one of the deputies, the sheriff’s report said.

The suspect, described as between 45 and 50 years old, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the sheriff’s report said.

The investigations are ongoing. Man with hatchet fatally shot by sheriff’s deputy in Compton

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