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LAPD reports shooting of knife-wielding man in San Fernando Valley

A closeup look at an LAPD body cam
Police tape blocks the public from accessing a Rite Aid on Whitsett Avenue in the San Fernando Valley, near where Los Angeles police officers shot a man who they say was armed with a knife.
(Kevin Rector)

Los Angeles police shot a man who they said was wielding a knife during a confrontation Friday morning in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

Officers responded to a call about the suspect in the 5200 block of Whitsett Avenue in the Valley Village neighborhood, north of Studio City, said Officer Rosario Cervantes, a department spokesman. Officers located the suspect, armed with a large kitchen knife, nearby, police said.

Officers initially shot at the man with a Taser and a 40-millimeter hard-foam projectile, police said.

“When they encountered the man, they used less lethal munitions which were not effective,” an LAPD tweet stated. The officers then shot the man.

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The man was taken to a hospital where he is in stable condition, Cervantes said. No one else was injured in the shooting, according to LAPD. The knife was recovered at the scene.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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