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Off-duty deputy kills unarmed Azusa suspect

June 9, 2010 12:22:56 AM PDT
An off-duty L.A. County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a male suspect in Azusa early Wednesday, authorities said. A female who was with the suspect is in police custody.Authorities said the shooting took place at Daybreak Drive and San Gabriel Canyon Road just before 2 a.m. The male and female suspects, both in their 20s, were reportedly trying to break into vehicles parked outside a condo building.

Police say there's been a rash of car burglaries in the area, and the off-duty deputy said the two suspects' actions at the condo's carport were suspicious.

The deputy, who was in plain clothes, identified himself, but then police said the male suspect reached for his waistband. Fearing for his life, the deputy fired one round at the man, killing him. He was declared dead at the scene. The deputy was not hurt.

The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Anthony Aguilar of Pomona. He was unarmed. Those who knew Aguilar said he was just visiting friends in Azusa, and he wasn't there to break into cars.

The female suspect tried to flee on foot, but she was found in the back yard of a unit not too far away from the scene and was taken into custody.

Residents describe their neighborhood as quiet.

"When I saw the yellow tape I knew there's death. Yeah, I was really surprised," said Azusa resident Bill Pheasant.

Some residents say there's been a number of car break-ins and home burglaries, but some residents say they feel their neighborhood is safe.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is not releasing the name of the deputy involved in the fatal shooting. They only describe him as a 10-year veteran of the force, assigned to the West Hollywood Station.

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