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Robber shot to death by victim

Police said a would-be thief was killed Saturday morning when the man he was robbing at gunpoint in his vehicle drew a handgun and shot him.

The robber, who has not been identified by authorities, was hiding behind a pole in a back alley near the 1200 block of East 104th Street. He jumped out and demanded money from a driver who was backing his car out of a garage, said Officer April Harding of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver shot his assailant, who died at a hospital.

Harding said there have been seven to 10 robberies in the area in a little more than a week and police are investigating whether the slain robber was connected with any of the thefts.

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LAPD Officer Mike Lopez declined to identify the driver.

“Did a homicide occur? Absolutely,” Lopez said. “Was it justifiable? Detectives are still investigating that.”

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz


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