Crime & Justice

Police say man fatally shot in South LA carried replica gun

A replica gun was recovered at the scene of a fatal officer involved shooting in South L.A., police said Monday.
A replica gun was recovered at the scene of a fatal officer involved shooting in South L.A., police said Monday.
Los Angeles Police Dept.

Update 12:46 p.m.: Police say man fatally shot in South LA carried replica gun

A man who was shot to death by officers on Sunday pointed a replica gun with a blackened orange tip at police before he was shot, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Beck addressed the shooting during a Monday morning press conference discussing the pair of fatal police shootings in L.A. that happened over the weekend. 

According to Beck, gang officers received a call about an armed man in the area of East 45th Street and Ascot Avenue. When officers approached, the man pointed a gun at them, leading to the officers shooting him, Beck said. The yet-to-be-identified man died at a local hospital.

The gun recovered at the scene was a replica gun, with the orange tip that typically signifies the gun's replica status darkened or painted over, making the gun look authentic, Beck said.

He also added that has reviewed body camera footage that "clearly supports" the officers' account of what happened, while also refuting earlier media reports that the suspect was shot while on the ground. That video has not been released.

Update 8:02 a.m.: Suspect shot by officers probing report of armed man in South LA

Los Angeles police say a man was shot and killed by officers responding to reports of a man with a gun.

Officer Liliana Preciado says a firearm was recovered at the scene of the fatal shooting Sunday afternoon in a residential area of South L.A.

Preciado says the shooting happened when officers approached two Hispanic men, one of whom matched the description in the initial call of a suspect with a gun.

The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was not identified.

The second man was questioned and released.

Preciado did not have additional details.

The shooting occurred a few miles from where a crowd gathered to protest the deadly police shooting Saturday of an 18-year-old black man.