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Neighborhood dispute led to police shooting

April 27, 2011 12:32:23 AM PDT
Police say an LAPD officer was forced to shoot and killed an armed suspect in Watts on Wednesday morning after responding to what may have been a domestic dispute.

Authorities said they are trying to determine what riled a man up so much that he fired at his neighbor's house with a shotgun. Police believe the suspect had some sort of mental illness.

When officers arrived to the home on the 1700 block of East 115th Street at about 8 a.m., police say the man was still combative. There was a hand-to-hand struggle that involved four officers and the suspect, and then an officer-involved shooting occurred.

"When they were let into the house, the suspect confronted them. He was armed, and that's when the officer-involved shooting occurred," said LAPD Sgt. Mitzi Grasso.

The suspect was declared dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released. Police retrieved a knife and a gun from the scene.

Neighbors said they heard the first shots fired, and one man said it sounded like a truck backfiring.

A woman who called 911 said the suspect shot an exterior light on her house, frightening everyone, including her young children. Police later spoke to the woman's husband, who told police he had heard arguing inside the home and additional shots fired.

Police suspect there was some kind of ongoing dispute between the neighbors, but authorities are unsure what the dispute may be.

No one else was injured in the incident. The investigation of the shooting is ongoing.

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