A man killed in an officer-involved shooting at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall refused commands to drop a knife he was holding and was shot when he began running toward mall patrons, police said Wednesday.
Officers responded about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a man with a knife at the mall at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
They encountered the suspect, who “was aggressively waving a long knife,” according to a police statement.
“The officers began to verbalize with the suspect and repeatedly commanded him to put the knife down,” police said. “The suspect was very agitated and it appeared that he was possibly under the influence or was going through a mental health crisis. The suspect then ran in the direction of mall patrons with the knife in hand at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
The suspect was struck and was pronounced dead at the scene despite firefighters efforts to save his life.
A knife was recovered, police said.
The mall was closed as police investigated the shooting.
“It appears this was an isolated incident and not a mass knife attack situation,” according to the LAPD.
No officers or mall patrons or employees were injured, police said.
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