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Deputies shoot, kill meat cleaver-wielding man in South El Monte

Deputies shoot, kill meat cleaver-wielding man in South El Monte
Investigators at the scene of a fatal shooting involving a deputy in South El Monte on Tuesday. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

A man was shot and killed in South El Monte on Tuesday after he fatally attacked another man with a meat cleaver, assaulted a woman and waved the knife at deputies, authorities said.

The man, who hasn’t been identified, was struck by gunfire and died in the 10400 block of Enloe Street, according to Sgt. Oscar Lopez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Temple Station.

The man reportedly stabbed another man to death with the knife about 12:41 p.m., Deputy Amber Smith said.

When deputies arrived, the man pointed the knife toward them so they fired at him, Lopez said.

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A woman who was with the men was also assaulted and taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, Smith said.

Investigators recovered a weapon at the scene. Initial reports described the knife as a machete, but sheriff's investigators at the scene said the weapon was a meat cleaver.

Because the shooting involved a deputy, multiple independent investigations were underway. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office will also investigate the shooting.

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