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O.C. sheriff’s deputies kill man swinging a hammer in Laguna Niguel

Orange County sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of a disturbance Monday shot and killed a man swinging a hammer at an apartment complex, authorities said.

Deputies responding around midday found a shattered glass door at Coral Sea at the Seaside in Laguna Niguel, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

“Shortly after they arrived, they encountered a male subject who is believed to have been armed with a hammer. That’s when the officer-involved shooting took place,” said sheriff’s Lt. Matt McDaniel.

Witnesses told KCBS-TV Channel 2 that they heard deputies yelling at the man to put the hammer down. Then they heard between three and five shots.

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The man, said to be in his 30s, died at the scene, according to McDaniel. His name was not released.

The initial disturbance was between a man and a woman, KCBS reported.


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