Los Angeles County Department’s Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man who had barricaded himself in Gardena, authorities said Friday.
The Gardena Police Department requested assistance from the sheriffs department’s Special Enforcement Bureau and a K-9 unit at 5:42 p.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of West 145th Street regarding an armed suspect with a deadly weapon. The police dog and SWAT deputies entered the residence, the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
The suspect drew a firearm and shot a police dog, and deputies then shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police dog was also killed. Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna tweeted the dog, a Belgium Malinois named K9 Jack imported from the Netherlands, was a “devoted member” of the Special Enforcement Bureau for four years joining the K9 Detail in March 2019.
“K9 Jack saved numerous lives and courageously protected members of the Bureau during countless tactical operations,” Luna said in a tweet.
Deputies recovered a gun at the scene.
Anyone with information about this shooting was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to 800-222-8477 or at lacrimestoppers.org.