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Police shoot and kill robbery suspect

February 16, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Police shot and killed an attempted robbery suspect Saturday when he pointed a gun at officers, investigators said.The shooting happened near the intersection of Ocean View Ave and Park View St in the Westlake District of Los Angeles, near MacArthur Park.

Police arrived on-scene in response to an attempted robbery call. When police arrived, they say the suspect was unresponsive to English and Spanish commands to surrender. Then he pointed his gun at officers, causing them to shoot, investigators said.

The suspect was a Hispanic man who allegedly robbed three people. The man was transported to the hospital where he died of a single gunshot wound to his chest.

The suspect did not fire his weapon.

Police are now investigating if lethal force was justified. Neighbors and witnesses were interviewed on-scene.

The suspects name was not immediately released.


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