Crime & Justice

Man, 29, shot and killed by sheriff's deputies in East LA

Los Angeles County Sheriff's patch.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's patch.
Photo by C. Holmes via Flickr Creative Commons

A 29-year-old man was shot and killed during a traffic stop by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in East Los Angeles early Sunday morning.

Two deputies in a patrol car pulled a car over just after 4 a.m. near the intersection of Ferris Avenue and Whittier Boulevard to investigate a possible stolen vehicle, said sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Crystal Hernandez.

The man who was shot had been sitting in the front passenger seat, Hernandez said.

"At some point when they're instructing him to get out of the vehicle to start to do their investigation, he became combative with the deputies," Hernandez said.

"During the struggle, the deputies became aware that the suspect was armed," Hernandez said. 'They gave repeated instructions for the suspect to comply. However, he refused and a deputy-involved-shooting occurred."

Hernandez said a .22-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene, where the man was pronounced dead.

Two other people were detained and were being interviewed by detectives, Hernandez said.

She said no further details were available.