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A man was shot to death Friday morning by police in Hollywood after he was seen walking the streets with what appeared to be a “bayonet-style weapon,” police said.
The shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in the 1400 block of Hobart Boulevard near Sunset Boulevard.
Two officers saw the suspect, who appeared to be around 40 years old, armed with a piece of metal about two feet long that had a blade of about six inches on the end, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman.
It was not immediately known what prompted police to shoot at the suspect, but both officers opened fire on the man, who died at the scene, according to the LAPD.
His name was not immediately released by authorities. But he was identified as Marcello Luna by his girlfriend, Roxana Villalobos, who told reporters that he had mental health issues and that he was the father of her 10- month-old son.
Villalobos said they got into an argument, and he went outside. She heard him shout, followed by gunshots.
“I thought he was going to come up here, smoke a cigarette, maybe just clear his mind,” Villalobos said. “I misread, I didn’t pick up the warning signs, I didn’t do my part to keep him safe.”
Luna, who may had vandalized some parked vehicles in the neighborhood, was carrying a rifle barrel with a knife attached to the end, according to Villalobos, who said she asked him not to carry it outside but he told her, “I just want to feel safe.”
“It didn’t have bullets; it didn’t have a stock, nothing. It was just, basically, the barrel and the knife attached to it, that’s all it was,” she said. “In a way, I understand (the police response). He’s holding what looked to be a rifle. They don’t know if it’s loaded or not. … Under the circumstances, I think they did the best they could.”
She said Luna suffered from seizures and was bipolar and schizophrenic.
— City News Service