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Good Samaritan shot and killed while chasing a purse snatcher, police say

A Good Samaritan was shot and killed south of downtown Los Angeles early Saturday morning when he chased after one of two suspects who had snatched a woman's purse, police said.

The shooting occurred about 3:25 a.m. in an industrial area near 14th Street and Long Beach Avenue, Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The shooting victim was transferred to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Houser said. His identity was withheld pending family notification.

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There were no more details immediately available about the incident that prompted the shooting.

"The case is ongoing," Houser said, "and our investigators are trying to identify the two suspects."

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