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

Man wielding a machete is shot and killed by deputies in South El Monte, officials say

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.

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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5:30 p.m.: This story was updated to include that the weapon used in the attack was a meat cleaver.

3:54 p.m.: This story was updated to include that one stabbing victim has died and a woman was assaulted and hospitalized.

This story was originally published at 2:51 p.m.

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