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Man is shot dead by security guard after trying to stab customers in store, LAPD says

A security guard at a Sylmar store shot and killed a man who police say threatened customers with a shard of glass.

The shooting was reported about 3:40 p.m. in the 13700 block of Foothill Boulevard, according to Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The man, 45, came into a store in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood and attempted to stab customers, Im said. 

The security guard opened fire and shot the man, Im said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released pending notification of his family.

The sequence of events leading up to the shooting was unclear.

Aerial footage from KTLA-TV showed paramedics and fire crews had responded to the street in front of a large shopping center. A body covered by a white tarp lay in the middle of Foothill Boulevard.

No customers were injured during the incident, which is under investigation by LAPD officers.

The security guard’s identity also was not released.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

matt.hamilton@latimes.com

Twitter: @MattHjourno.

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