A man with a machete was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies Wednesday in the Florence-Firestone area, authorities said.
Deputies were called to a business in the 9100 block of Graham Avenue at about 6:40 a.m. on reports of a man armed with a machete attempting to assault employees, according to Deputy Veronica Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Upon arriving at the scene, two deputies were told the suspect had left the business and walked southbound toward 92nd Street. They found the man seated in the cab of a white pickup truck and attempted to make contact with him, but the suspect allegedly punched and kicked the deputies before retrieving the machete from inside the truck.
“The male swung the machete and walked toward the deputies who utilized less lethal weaponry in an attempt to subdue him,” according to the LASD. “The male continued to advance toward the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and his name was withheld pending notification of his relatives.
The two deputies were treated for minor injuries sustained in the altercation.
Rail service along the Metro A Line — formerly called the Blue Line — was interrupted between the Florence Station and the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station while an investigation was conducted, and buses were requested to accommodate passengers.
Anyone with information on the incident was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.