A man who was allegedly armed with a handgun was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies Thursday at the end of a short pursuit in Pico Rivera.
The fatal shooting occurred about 2 a.m. in the 7100 block of Pico Vista Road, according to Deputy Dangelo Robinson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies were in pursuit of the suspect’s gray Mitsubishi Eclipse — apparently suspecting the driver was impaired, ABC7 reported — when the suspect crashed into a power pole. Sheriff’s officials said the suspect got out of the car with a gun.
“The suspect fled on foot, armed with a handgun,” sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza told KNX Newsradio.
According to sheriff’s officials, a deputy fired a shot at the suspect, but he kept running. A short distance away, two deputies fired again, striking the suspect multiple times, officials said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, which was near his home. A handgun believed to have been in his possession was recovered by deputies, Mendoza said, although it’s unclear if the weapon was actually fired. No deputies were injured.
The man’s mother told reporters she witnessed the end of the chase involving her 22-year-old son and heard the shots.
“I didn’t think they were going to shoot,” Maria Reza told KNX. “Next thing I heard, it seemed like six gunshots.”
Speaking to ABC7 at the scene, Reza said her son was “not ever walking toward the sheriffs, the sheriffs were following him. They followed him and I just heard gunshots, at least six gunshots.”
A neighbor told KNX the man may have been distraught over the recent death of a friend.
Authorities did not release the man’s name, but Reza identified him as Carmelo Pizarro and said he has a 5-year-old daughter.
“I want justice for my son,” Reza told Channel 7.
Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho extended condolences to the suspect’s family, but urged people to be patient as the shooting investigation continues.
“It is important to note that the city council of the city of Pico Rivera places a high priority on the safety and security of all our residents,” he said.
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