A man allegedly armed with a handgun was fatally wounded by deputy gunfire in Hacienda Heights, authorities said Friday.
The man died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred around 10:50 p.m. Thursday in the 15600 block of Windrush Drive, said Deputy Juanita Navarro- Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Authorities withheld his name, pending notification of his relatives.
According to the sheriff’s department, the man had been wanted in connection with a family disturbance in Downey that occurred about 1 p.m. Thursday.
“The caller stated the suspect was armed with a knife and a gun, and threatening to kill family members,” a sheriff’s statement said.
“As Downey officers were arriving at the location, the suspect was driving away on his motorcycle,” the statement said. “The suspect refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued.”
The suspect got away, but police learned that he lived in the 15600 block of Windrush Drive, so officers went there and began watching the residence in an unmarked vehicle.
“At approximately 9:45 p.m., the two Downey officers saw the suspect walking down the street. They attempted to detain him, but he was uncooperative. In addition, he warned the officers he was armed with a gun,” the statement said.
Downey officers requested assistance from Industry Station deputies.
“When they responded to the location, they began to speak to the suspect in order to get him to comply,” the statement said.
“The suspect began to reach for the handgun that was in his pocket. The deputies deployed less than lethal weapons in a continued effort to gain compliance. The suspect armed himself with the handgun, and a deputy involved shooting occurred,” the statement said.
No deputies were injured. The handgun was recovered.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
—City News Service