Man fatally shot by sheriff's deputies in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies in Lakewood Monday morning.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a person acting erratically in the 5500 block of Adenmoor Avenue at about 10:40 a.m.

Upon seeing the first arriving deputy, the suspect, who was seated in a vehicle parked along the curb, suddenly accelerated the vehicle, colliding with the front end of the deputy's patrol car.

A second deputy arrived on scene and further attempts to restrain the suspect were made. The deputies tried to put the suspect's car in park, but the suspect resisted by punching and shoving them. Additional deputies arrived on scene and attempted to subdue the suspect with pepper spray and a Taser to no avail.

"During the fight, the suspect purposely placed his vehicle in reverse, with the driver's door open. The suspect's vehicle struck the rear bumper of an adjacent radio car. One deputy attempting to subdue the suspect was crushed between the suspect's vehicle and an adjacent radio car. At that point, fearing for the deputy's life, assisting deputies fired at the suspect, striking him in the upper torso," sheriff's deputies said in a press release.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately released.

The sheriff's deputy was transported to a local hospital with contusions, bruising, lacerations to both legs, and cuts to his left arm.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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