Officer-involved shooting leaves 1 dead in Boyle Heights; Metro Gold Line station reopened

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Los Angeles police shot and killed a male suspect early Saturday morning in Boyle Heights, prompting the closure of the Metro Gold Line Soto station. (KABC)

Los Angeles police shot and killed a male suspect early Saturday morning in Boyle Heights, prompting an hourslong closure of the Metro Gold Line Soto station, authorities said.

Officers from the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division were on patrol shortly after midnight when they heard gunshots in the area of First and Breed streets, near the light-rail station, according to a news release.

The officers drove toward the sound of the gunfire and encountered a suspect allegedly running way from the location.

"When they attempted to stop him an Officer-Involved-Shooting occurred," the Los Angeles Police Department statement said.


Firefighters responded to the scene, where the person who had been shot was pronounced dead, authorities said. He was not immediately identified, but was said to be in his 30s.

No officers were injured. According to the LAPD, a gun was recovered at the location.

The suspect's distraught loved ones, apparently trying to learn what had happened in the incident, arrived at the scene after it was cordoned off by police.

Those who live and work in the neighborhood said the violence in the area doesn't surprise them.

"It's nothing unusual. Not for this neighborhood. The history speaks for itself. It's on record. It's a lot of shootings," Ernest Teneyck said.

Authorities are looking at surveillance footage and asking for the public's help to figure out what happened.

The Gold Line station was shut down for several hours.

In accordance with protocol, the shooting is being investigated by the LAPD's Force Investigation Division, the District Attorney's Office and the Office of Inspector General.
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