Crime & Justice

Deputy says driver shot when it looked like he was going for gun

Authorities say a deputy who thought a driver was reaching for a gun fired and mortally wounded the man during a traffic stop in Santa Clarita.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Trina Schrader tells City New Service the driver was pulled over about 8 p.m. Thursday because he matched the description of an assault suspect. CNS says he was yelling profanities and was ordered to put his hands up.

Schrader says that's when the man turned his body away from the deputy and reached behind his back, as if going for a weapon. The deputy opened fire, wounding the driver, who later died at a hospital. A knife was found.

A male passenger in the car was unhurt but being questioned. The names of those involved have not been released.