Los Angeles police officers shot dead a man Friday who they say pointed a gun at construction workers in the Fairfax neighborhood before opening fire on police.
The man was taken into custody and taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Lt. Letisia Ruiz, an LAPD spokeswoman.
No one else was injured in the shooting, Ruiz said. The man was not immediately identified.
Police received a radio call about “a man with a gun pointing it at construction workers” around 9:20 am and responded to the area, Ruiz said.
Officers confronted the man near north La Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, and “the suspect immediately opened fire on officers,” Ruiz said.
At least one officer fired back and hit the man, Ruiz said. She said she didn’t know how many officers opened fire, how many shots the officers fired, or how many shots the suspect fired, but she said all of that would be part of the investigation.
George Garcia, 38, a recruiter who lives nearby, said he was on a Zoom call to work when he heard gunshots outside his apartment.
He said it sounded like a rapid group of shots were fired, followed by another salvo.
Garcia said crime has increased in the area amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but that things seemed to be getting better lately. He wouldn’t expect a gunman to threaten people or for gunfire to erupt on his street — especially in the mornings — but it didn’t shock him, either, he said.
“It’s LA,” he said. “I wish it weren’t so.”
After the shooting, the suspect ran west on Beverly, and officers lost sight of him, Ruiz said. However, police received 911 calls that helped them relocate the suspect in the Beverly and Detroit Streets area, which runs parallel to La Brea.
“A plan was devised and he was taken into custody without further incident,” Ruiz said.
The investigation blocked traffic in all directions for hours on Friday.
The shooting was the 13th by LAPD officers this year and the ninth in which someone was hit by police rounds. Four people were killed by police this year.
These numbers are below where they were at the same time last year.
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