SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (KABC) -- A suspect is dead after being shot by deputies in South El Monte Sunday morning, sheriff's officials said.
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, which happened around 9 a.m. in the 900 block of Durfee Avenue.
Officials said the incident began with a call about a possible burglary at a vacant home where homeless have at times been spotted.
A relative of the home's owner noticed an open door and called 911, fearing a break-in.
When deputies arrived, they say they found a man and woman leaving the home. The woman stopped for the deputies, but the man, who was wearing a backpack, ran off on foot.
After a short foot pursuit, deputies said the suspect dropped his backpack and brandished two knives toward the deputies.
That was when one of the deputies fired and struck the 40-year-old suspect, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Only one deputy fired, but it was not immediately clear how many shots.
No deputies were injured in the incident.
Suspect shot, killed in South El Monte deputy-involved shooting