A man in his 20s who was wanted in connection with a murder and a liquor store robbery was killed Wednesday in an officer-involved shooting in Van Nuys.
No officers were injured in the shooting, which occurred about 10:25 a.m. near Kester Avenue and Burbank Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Plainclothes officers were conducting surveillance on the suspect, a Van Nuys resident whose name was not immediately released, in the 5400 block of Kester Avenue and were attempting to take him into custody when the shooting occurred, according to LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery.
“They attempted to take him into custody and it simply went really bad …,” Montgomery said.
The suspect died at the scene. A gun was recovered, according to Montgomery.
The suspect was wanted in connection with a robbery about 11 p.m. Tuesday at a liquor store near the intersection of Kester Avenue and Burbank Boulevard and the shooting death of a 52-year-old Panorama City man around 12:25 p.m. Monday outside an apartment complex in the 14600 block of Burbank Boulevard, near Van Nuys Boulevard.
Montgomery told reporters at the OIS scene that investigators “have been scouring the area, talking to witnesses, and looking at evidence and they believe the suspect involved in this officer-involved shooting is the suspect responsible for both of those crimes.”
The homicide victim, identified by the county coroner’s office as Antonio Rodriguez, died at the scene of the noon-hour shooting on Monday.
A gofundme page started by his daughter Betzabeth Centeno had raised $635 toward a $10,000 goal as of 6 p.m.
Rodriguez, who is reported to have been a maintenance man, arrived in the U.S. from Mexico in 2001 and was killed while on a lunch break from his place of employment, the man’s daughter wrote.
Rodriguez is also survived by his wife.
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