Vigil held for man killed in Cerritos deputy-involved shooting

CERRITOS, Calif. (KABC) -- Family and friends held a vigil Saturday for a man shot and killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in Cerritos.

"I'm completely devastated by this loss," Nephi Arriguin's uncle Zachary Wade said. "I'm completely baffled as to what reason a deputy would have to murder my nephew, and I don't choose my words lightly."

A crowd gathered at the shooting scene in the 17200 block of Pires Avenue. Deputies said 21-year-old Arriguin was shot Thursday as he attempted to run over a deputy with his car.

Deputies were investigating reports of a suspicious couple knocking on doors in the neighborhood.

After he was shot, Arriguin's car crashed into an electrical box, taking down a light pole and shearing a fire hydrant. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members said his girlfriend is five-months pregnant.

The shooting remained under investigation. Anyone with further information about this incident was encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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