Crime & Justice

LAPD officers kill armed man in Westlake


Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed a man in L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood Wednesday night.

Officers from the department's Rampart Division, which serves neighborhoods west of Downtown L.A., were on a routine patrol around 7 p.m. when they spotted a man with a gun, according to the police. The man refused their orders to drop the weapon, even after they deployed a beanbag shotgun.

"After the officers tried to deescalate verbally and again used the less lethal beanbag shotgun, all proving ineffective,” Sergeant Barry Montgomery of the LAPD told KPCC’s media partner NBC4. “It was at some point that that threat was there and they used deadly force."

The incident may have been captured on camera as the officers were equipped with body and dashboard cameras.

The man's name has not been released. Officials say a handgun was recovered at the scene.