Los Angeles Times

Police say man they killed had pellet gun

- By Gregory Yee

A man shot and killed by Los Angeles police Wednesday morning in Lincoln Heights was carrying a pellet gun, authoritie­s say.

An officer was investigat­ing a crash around 11 a.m. near Broadway and Avenue 18 when a passerby came up and told him that a man with a gun was down the street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

After the officer requested backup, units from the Hollenbeck station responded and approached the man near Broadway and Avenue 19, police said.

Initial police reports said the man took out a handgun and pointed it at officers, prompting at least one officer to shoot.

“Further investigat­ion revealed the handgun was a pellet gun resembling a firearm,” the LAPD said on Twitter just before 6:30 p.m.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

Police did not say how many officers opened fire, and further informatio­n about the shooting wasn’t available.

It was the 23rd shooting by the LAPD this year and the 10th fatal one. Six shootings, more than a fourth of this year’s total, have occurred this month.

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