A man pointing what turned out to be a pellet/BB gun at police when he was shot to death by officers in Inglewood struggled with mental health issues and might have lured officers into killing him, authorities said Saturday.
Inglewood police learned of the man’s suicidal intent at about 10:45 a.m. when a relative contacted the department to report him missing, Lt. Scott T. Collins said.
“The family member advised that the decedent struggled with mental health issues and that he left a suicide note inside his residence,” Collins said. “The note has been retrieved and booked into evidence.”
Two police officers were driving in the area of the Inglewood Police Department at about 11 p.m. Friday when “they encountered a suspect, who pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the officers,” according to Lt. Cardell Hurt of the Inglewood Police Department.
An officer-involved shooting occurred, Hurt said, and the suspect was struck by gunfire. No officers were injured.
County fire department paramedics dispatched to the location pronounced the suspect dead at the scene, he said.
“Video surveillance of the encounter has been maintained as evidence,” he said. “The district attorney’s officer-involved shooting roll-out team is conducting a parallel investigation.”
The Inglewood Police Department’s Homicide Section asked anyone with information about the shooting to call them at (310) 412-5246.
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