A witness told ABC7 that the man had a knife, which officers told him to drop. Police opened fire after he failed to drop the weapon, the witness said.
No officers were injured in the incident, which occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on the station's upper platform.
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"They encountered the suspect and they tried to de-escalate the situation," said Lt. Chris Ramirez, an LAPD spokesman. "The officers deployed a less-lethal option which was ineffective, and an officer-involved shooting occurred."
The suspect, identified only as being in his 30s or 40s, died at the scene.
The circumstances that led to the confrontation were under investigation.