L.A. County deputy shoots and kills a man in East L.A.; ‘replica’ gun is found

Aerial view of the intersection where a shooting happened.
Aerial view of the scene in City Terrace where a man was fatally shot by a deputy, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
(KCAL News)

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man in East L.A. on Saturday night, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Deputies were dispatched to a “person with a gun” report in the City Terrace neighborhood around 9:30 p.m. “When the responding deputies arrived on scene, the suspect produced a handgun and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” the department said. “A replica firearm was recovered at the scene.”

A description of the replica was not provided. The Sheriff’s Department declined a request to provide more detail.


The L.A. County medical examiner’s office identified the man Monday as 28-year-old Martin Sebastian.

The incident, described as a “business disturbance,” occurred in the 3600 block of Pomeroy Street, a residential neighborhood dotted with small storefront businesses. After the shooting, the county Fire Department pronounced Sebastian dead at the scene.

The California Department of Justice will investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or leave an anonymous tip by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477).