Armed man shot, killed by South Gate police

Armed man killed early Sunday by South Gate police tried to carjack two vehicles before confronting police

Before an armed man was fatally shot early Sunday by South Gate police, he tried to carjack two vehicles near a fast food restaurant, officials said.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the incident, which began just before 4 a.m. at a Jack in the Box restaurant in the 8900 block of Kauffman Avenue, according to a Sheriff's Department release.

The man, whose name was not released but who is 35 to 40 years old, unsuccessfully tried to carjack a driver, sheriff's officials said.

As officers from the South Gate Police Department fielded the reported carjacking, the man was spotted nearby. He fled from police and attempted a second carjacking about five blocks away.

Police continued searching for the man, who returned to the Jack in the Box "armed with a handgun," said the Sheriff's Department release.

The man confronted police and was shot just before 5 a.m., sheriff's officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his gun was later recovered.

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UPDATE

5:45 p.m.: This story has been updated throughout with additional details and background about the shooting.

This story was originally published at 10:44 a.m.

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