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Authorities Saturday were trying to figure out why a man in his 20s took his own life with a handgun during a bizarre incident in which deputies shot at the man but missed near a Norwalk Target parking lot.

No Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies were injured in the gunfire that erupted in the 10000 block of Firestone Boulevard.

Deputies went to the location — a Target store parking lot — on a report of a man pointing a gun at cars coming off of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway at Firestone Boulevard, said Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Upon their arrival, deputies saw a man, who matched the description of the person in the call, attempting to break into vehicles near local businesses, Rouzan said.

Deputies saw a handgun on the suspect when he began to walk westbound through the parking lot, approaching Firestone Boulevard, Rouzan said.

Deputies tried to stop the suspect from crossing the street when he put the gun to his own head as if he was going to shoot himself, Rouzan said.

The suspect in the Friday incident walked south through the parking lot back toward the businesses, at which time the deputies tried to detain him, and the suspect continued to point the gun at his head, according to Rouzan.

The suspect stopped on the sidewalk in front of a local business and attempted to rack a round into the chamber of the gun, Rouzan said.

Deputy personnel gave numerous commands to the suspect to drop the gun, at which time the suspect placed the gun to his head again, he said.

The suspect then walked down the walkway toward the entrance of a local business as deputy personnel continued to follow, attempting to prevent him from going inside the business.

Deputies continued giving verbal commands to drop the gun when the suspect then turned and pointed the gun at deputy personnel, at which time deputies fired multiple rounds but missing the suspect, Rouzan said.

The suspect then ran between two cars in the parking lot, placing the gun to his head, and shot himself, Rouzan said.

Deputies approached and found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, the gun lying directly next to the suspect, according to Rouzan.

A semi-automatic pistol was recovered at the scene.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was placed on life support but succumbed to his self-inflicted injuries, Rouzan said.

The suspect was described as a 24-year-old Hispanic but his name was not released.

— City News Service

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