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Bicyclist w/ rifle shot, killed by LA police

December 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A bicyclist that rode toward officers with a rifle was shot and killed on Christmas morning, according to police.At about 4 a.m. on Saturday officers received a report of an assault involving the use of a rifle at the Jordan Down Housing Projects.

Officers were near an open field behind the housing area when they saw an occupied SUV nearby. While dealing with the people in that vehicle, they saw a man holding a rifle and riding toward them on a bicycle. Police say the man ignored their commands, prompting them to shoot.

The man, believed to be in his 20's, was pronounced taken to a local hospital, where was pronounced dead. An assault rifle was recovered by police.

The identity of the bicyclist has not been released. An investigation into the shooting is underway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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