Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man early Wednesday morning in the unincorporated Florence area near Vernon, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.
At about 4:30 a.m. deputies from the sheriff's Century Station responded to a call of a robbery in progress near East Gage Avenue and Holmes Avenue. The caller described a possible perpetrator as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black shorts and carrying a black handgun, said spokeswoman Deputy Grace Medrano.
When deputies approached the scene they saw a man who matched the description given by the caller, standing at a pay phone near East 64th Street and Holmes Avenue—about a block from the reported robbery location, Medrano said.
When the man saw the deputies he "took a two-handed shooting stance and that's when the shooting occurred," Medrano said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and no gun was found, she said.
The identity of the man has not been released.
The shooting is being investigated by sheriff's homicide detectives.