A traumatized Downey family was recovering Sunday after being threatened by an apparent relative with a handgun and knife who ended up being shot to death by deputies after a wild motorcycle chase.
The Los Angeles coroner’s office identified the dead man as 60-year-old Robert Hess of Hacienda Heights, according to coroner’s Lt. Brian Kim.
It wasn’t known what Hess’ relationship was to threatened family members, nor what may have prompted the dispute.
Hess was shot to death by deputies after he went for a gun around 10:50 p.m. Thursday outside Hess’ home in the 15600 block of Windrush Drive, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
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 at the Windrush Drive home, 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. A deputy said less-than-lethal weapons may include stun guns, pepper spray or beanbag shotguns.
As with all deputy involved shootings, the investigation continued well after the incident.
— Staff and wire reports
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