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Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Boyle Heights



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Police officers called to a Boyle Heights neighborhood early this morning shot and killed a man armed with a rifle, authorities said.

LAPD spokesman Richard French told KPCC that at about 5:50 a.m. Friday morning, “Someone called 911 complaining that there was someone shooting a gun in a neighborhood, which ended up being at the 2500 block of Houston Street” in Boyle Heights.

Upon arriving, officers also heard gunshots, French said, and followed them to the back of house where they encountered a man wielding a rifle.

The man, described only as a Hispanic male from 25 to 30 years old, was shot and killed by police. No officers were injured.

At this point, French said, police do not know why the man was firing a gun, or why he failed to drop it when officers arrived.