Crime & Justice

Family members dispute sheriffs accounts of deputy shooting in Cudahy

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The L.A. County Sheriffs Department is investigating the death of a man who was shot and killed by a deputy Saturday, after his car was pulled over. 

The Sheriff's Department said in a statement that officers were on the look-out for a suspect with a gun near the 4400 block of Elizabeth Street in Cudahy when they pulled over the victim's car at 10:02 p.m. Saturday. Deputies say the car resembled one seen leaving the scene of a nearby fight where a man with a gun was reported. 

Sgt. Harry Drucker of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau told City News Service that the driver then threatened them, and lunged for a deputy's gun: 

 "A male adult suspect exited the vehicle and advanced on the deputy, ignoring the deputy's commands to stop,'' Drucker said. "The suspect attempted to take the deputy's duty firearm at which time the deputy feared for his life and fired one round, striking the suspect in the upper torso. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

CBS Los Angeles reports that the family of the man has identified him as 34-year-old Rigoberto Arceo, a father of two. Family- members told the the station Arceo was in the car with his sister, and say he complied with officers' orders.

Afredo Arceo, the suspect's brother, told the station the two were on their way back from a Mother's Day celebration: 

“We were all having a Mother’s Day gathering here yesterday and him and my sister went and when they came back, they pulled him over at gunpoint. He came out the car with his hands up. He got shot. All we heard when we went to the hospital and asked: he was shot in the heart. Straight shot. One shot at the heart and he was dead at arrival,”

Deputies say they recovered a gun from the car. Family members told CBS the gun was not his, and wasn't loaded.

The Sheriffs Department is continuing its investigation. Anyone with more information should call the L.A. Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500.