Man shot by deputy in Santa Clarita dies in hospital

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) -- A man who was shot by a sheriff's deputy in Santa Clarita died at a hospital, authorities said.

The shooting happened shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday at Shangri-La and Nathan Hills drives.

The deputy had pulled over the man after his car matched the description from an assault with a deadly weapon call the day before.

Investigators said the man got out of the car and started challenging the deputy to a fight, while ignoring commands to put his hands in the air.

When the man appeared to reach for a weapon behind his back, the deputy opened fire.

The man was struck by gunfire and transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The deputy was not hurt. A knife was recovered at the scene.

Authorities said a male passenger in the vehicle at the time of the incident is being interviewed by detectives.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any relevant information, you're urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. You can provide anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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