Man armed with handgun killed in deputy-involved shooting in Hacienda Heights, authorities say

A man is seen with a dog before the allegedly armed suspect was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in Hacienda Heights on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (OnScene)

A man armed with a handgun was killed Thursday evening in a deputy-involved shooting on a residential street in Hacienda Heights, authorities said.

The shooting was the culmination of events that began at about 1 p.m., when Downey Police Department officers responded to a family disturbance, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The caller said a man was threatening to kill family members while armed with a knife and a gun, the news release stated. The suspect was driving away on his motorcycle and refused to stop as police arrived at the scene.

A pursuit ensued and was called off after the motorcyclist drove to the southbound 5 Freeway and out of view.

An investigation indicated the suspect lived in the 15600 block of Windrush Drive in Hacienda Heights. Two Downey police officers in an unmarked vehicle went to observe the area, authorities said.

At about 9:45 p.m., they saw the man walking and attempted to detain him. He was "uncooperative" and warned the officers that he was armed with a gun, according to the news release.

Police requested assistance from Industry station sheriff's deputies, who responded to the scene and "began to speak to the suspect in order to get him to comply," the statement said.

News video showed a man wearing a fedora and holding a dog by leash during the prolonged standoff.

When the man began to reach for the gun in his pocket, the deputies deployed less-than-lethal weapons, authorities said.

According to the sheriff's department, the deputy-involved shooting took place at about 10:50 p.m. after the suspect armed himself with the firearm. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No deputies were injured.

The gun was recovered at the scene, investigators said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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