The gun allegedly drawn by a man who was fatally shot by El Monte police officers while being chased by officers was originally issued by El Monte police, a detective told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Tuesday.
The man was identified as Sawandi Toussaint, 21, whose city of residence was not immediately known, said coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz.
The officer-involved shooting occurred about 4 p.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of Santa Anita Avenue in El Monte, Deputy Edmo Luna said.
Video of the scene shows a Metro station in the vicinity.
According to the sheriff’s department, which is assisting in the investigation, El Monte police officers responded to a call about a man firing a gun. A foot pursuit ensued when they arrived and the man allegedly brandished a gun, prompting officers to open fire. It is still not clear how many officers shot at the man, how many bullets were fired, or how many times the man was struck.
He died at the scene, Luna said.
A gun was found at the scene, the LASD reported.
It’s unclear how the gun, which isn’t registered and has not been reported stolen, came into Toussaint’s possession, Lt. Brandon Dean of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau told The Tribune.
El Monte police began using a different gun 10 years ago and officers were given the opportunity to buy their previously used firearms, Dean told the newspaper, which reported that the gun carried by Toussaint was sold in 2007.
“We believe the owner was an officer at one point,” Dean told The Tribune.