Los Angeles police shot and killed a suspect who grabbed one officer’s Taser inside the locker room of a Hollywood gym Monday morning, authorities said.
Officers responded to a call about a battery in the 6300 block of Sunset Boulevard shortly after 8 a.m., according to Officer Rosario Herrera, an LAPD spokeswoman. The officers were directed toward a suspect inside the locker room of a 24 Hour Fitness gym on a busy stretch of the boulevard that also includes an ArcLight theater and several other businesses, according to the LAPD.
A confrontation ensued and at one point the suspect “took possession of one of the officers Tasers,” the LAPD said on Twitter. The suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, police said.
The suspect’s identity was not immediately released. One officer suffered an injury that was deemed not life-threatening and was taken to an area hospital.
Mike Dougherty said he was inside the gym when several officers came into the locker room and asked him and other patrons to leave as part of an evacuation shortly before 9:30 a.m.