A man confronted officers with a handgun Saturday at the Culver City police station, where he was shot and killed, homicide detectives confirmed.
Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to the shooting as part of a longstanding policy, according to detectives. L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Guillermina Saldaña tells KPCC the shooting occurred around 7:40 a.m. Saturday.
LA Sheriff's Sergeant Rich Peña said two Culver City officers noticed a man walk in behind them as they passed through a security gate to enter the department's parking lot.
"We have no idea why he had walked into the parking lot of the police station," Peña said. "If he had a legitimate complaint or wanted to make a call for service or something like that, you would go to the regular 24-hour desk. You usually wouldn't follow a police cruiser in through a secured area."
Peña said the officers asked the man if he needed help. The man then pulled out a gun.
After he failed to comply with orders to drop the gun, officers shot and struck the man once in the upper torso. He was transported to the hospital where he died of his injuries.
Lt. Dave Pullman told KNX radio he wasn't sure whether the gunman was attempting to kill himself in what police call 'suicide by cop' "Because I don't know what was inside his head," Pullman said. "But obviously he came to a police station with a gun."
No officers were injured.
This story has been updated. Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated how many officers shot the man.