Crime & Justice

Sheriffs deputies shoot, kill man at Bellflower assisted living home

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Detectives are continuing to investigate a fatal shooting in Bellflower involving a sheriff's deputy and a man officers described as violently incoherent and foaming at the mouth.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department says the incident occurred around 1:30 Sunday morning  after  two deputies responded to a disturbance call at an assisted living home.

The deputies were confronted by a incoherent 57-year old man. The deputies told investigators the man refused to follow orders to leave. Detectives say the man then punched one of the deputies in the head. He pushed the other into a water fountain. The suspect then reached for one of the deputy's guns.

L.A. County Sheriff's Sergeant Richard Peña said that's when at least one of the deputies shot and killed the man. 

"The deputies tried to use a taser to subdue the suspect but it had no affect, so the physical altercation continued," said Peña. "And at one point during that the suspect reached for one the deputy's holstered duty weapons. Seeing that, the other deputy removed her weapon and fired at the suspect, killing him right there. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene."

Both deputies were treated for minor injuries and released.