LAPD gang officers fatally shoot a man in South L.A., the second police shooting in two days there

Police fatally shot a man Sunday in South Los Angeles, the second deadly police shooting to occur there this weekend. 

Gang officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Division responded about 4:40 p.m. to the report of a man with a gun near 48th Street and Ascot Avenue, Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.

Officers searched the area but did not find anyone matching the description of the suspect. As officers were leaving the area, they spotted two people — described as men believed to be 18 to 22 years old — and one of the men matched the description of the suspect from the earlier report, Montgomery said.

At some point police shot one of the men, Montgomery said. Paramedics were called to the area about 5 p.m. and took the wounded man to a hospital, according to Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Investigators on Sunday evening were still trying to identify the man, Montgomery said.

It’s unclear what led to the shooting. A handgun was later recovered at the scene.

The other man was not struck by gunfire and was taken into custody, Montgomery said. His identity was not released. 

The officers were wearing body cameras and investigators were reviewing the footage to determine what the cameras may have captured, Montgomery said. No officers were injured during the incident.

The shooting came a day after an armed 18-year-old was fatally shot by police outside his home, stirring unrest and protests in South L.A. that continued Sunday evening.

Carnell Snell Jr. was shot Saturday afternoon near 107th Street and Western Avenue after he bailed out of a vehicle being pursued by police and ran away on foot. Police said Snell was armed with a gun, which was recovered at the scene.

The shooting sparked protests that shut down the intersection at 108th Street and Western Avenue on Saturday and Sunday nights. A crowd Sunday evening blocked traffic and taunted news reporters; some people vandalized local businesses, scrawling graffiti on storefronts. 

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A white sports car was seen speeding and doing doughnuts in the intersection as police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies stood by.

On Saturday night, another group of protesters marched to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home in Hancock Park, and photos posted Sunday show eggs that had apparently been thrown at the residence

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

matt.hamilton@latimes.com

Twitter: @MattHjourno.

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UPDATES:

11:25 p.m.: The story was updated with details on the officers wearing body cameras.

10:15 p.m.: This story was updated with additional details on the police shooting and with confirmation that a man was struck and later died of his injuries.

This story was originally published at 8:20 p.m.

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