A man who was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy after authorities say he yelled profanities at the deputy then turned his body and “aggressively reached behind his back” has died, authorities said.
The man, whose identity has not been released, was shot about 7:50 p.m. Thursday after the deputy pulled him over because the man’s vehicle matched the description of a vehicle used in an assault with a deadly weapon case, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
After the man pulled over, officials say he immediately stepped out of his vehicle and began yelling profanities at the deputy “while appearing to [be] challenging him to a fight.”
The deputy told the man to put his hands in the air but he did not, officials said. Eventually, the man “turned his body and aggressively reached behind his back appearing to retrieve a weapon, and began to draw the possible weapon on the deputy,” the department’s statement said.
That’s when the deputy fatally shot the man. A knife was recovered at the scene, authorities said.
A passenger in the vehicle was being interviewed by investigators.
The shooting will be reviewed by the Sheriff's Department's homicide and internal affairs bureaus. The L.A. County district attorney's office will also investigate, as is customary in officer-involved shootings.
Anyone with information about Thursday night's shooting is asked to contact investigators at (323) 890-5500.
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