The shooting, which involved a Los Angeles police officer, happened on 224th Street and Denker Avenue shortly after midnight.
Officials said an armed man approached the plainclothes officer and tried to carjack him. They said the officer was threatened and fired at least once at the suspect. A 911 call from an unknown caller directed authorities to the scene after shots were heard.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Gus Villanueva.
Not much information is being released on the suspect or the officer.
Long-time resident Cecilia Fernandez said she's gotten used to crime scenes in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood. So when she woke up to find the street blocked off by police tape, it wasn't a shock.
"It's not surprising. Pretty sure it's some dumb little kid. It's always some dumb little kid...claiming some neighborhood they don't own. But, you know, I guess that's life in the hood," said Fernandez.
Police have not said what type of weapon was recovered at the scene. The police officer, who remains unidentified, was not injured.