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Downey fire turns into officer-involved shooting

A man was fatally shot by a police officer in Downey at Firestone Boulevard and Old River School Road on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.

October 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police officers responding to a fire in Downey shot and killed a man after a confrontation on Wednesday night.

Authorities said officers were assisting firefighters with a palm tree fire at Firestone Boulevard and Old River School Road when they spotted a man near the scene shortly before 7 p.m.

Officers approached the man to inquire if he had any information about the fire, but a confrontation occurred where the man raised a stick he had in his hand, police said.

The man then allegedly produced a knife and charged at the officers, and both officers opened fire.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not been released.

The shooting is under investigation.

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