Man grabbed bean-bag shotgun, fired shot before LAPD killed him, police say
The man whom Los Angeles police fatally shot in the Lake Balboa neighborhood had grabbed a bean-bag shotgun from one of the officers approaching him and fired at least one round, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.
The man was identified as 34-year-old Miguel Cano, who was declared dead at 1:40 p.m. Monday from gunshot wounds, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Beck said the officers used a Taser and a bean-bag shotgun to try to detain the man, but “neither one of those tools was effective.” Despite being struck with a bean-bag round, Beck said, the man managed to grab the bean-bag gun from an officer and fired the round, prompting police to return fire.
Cano’s mother told KTLA that her son had drinking issues and was homeless after she lost her home years ago.
Police don’t know why the man was acting agressively, but they are looking into whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or whether he had mental health issues, LAPD Lt. John Jenal said.
Cano is the 34th person shot by the LAPD this year. Nineteen of them died.
Last year, Los Angeles police shot 26 people, 18 fatally. The number of people shot by LAPD officers fluctuated in previous years: 35 people were shot in 2013, 29 the year before and 47 in 2011.
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