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Mentally ill man shot by cops dies in hospital

A man believed to be mentally ill was shot and critically wounded by LAPD officers in North Hills Thursday.

May 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man believed to be mentally ill was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in North Hills Thursday afternoon.Two LAPD officers responded to a report of a deranged man on the 8300 block of Burnet Ave. near Roscoe Blvd. in North Hills about 12:30 p.m., according to the LAPD.

Officers found the subject in the walkway of an apartment building. The man armed himself with a fireplace poker and attacked the officers, whereupon officers shot him.

The man was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills in critical condition. He underwent emergency surgery. The man died shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday.

The shooting victim was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s.

Officers were not injured in the incident.

The incident was under investigation.