Kidnapping suspect shot and killed by deputies in East Los Angeles

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Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man who barricaded himself in an East Los Angeles home Wednesday after authorities contacted him about a kidnapping investigation.

The man, who hasn’t been publicly identified, exited the home in the 6400 block of Northside Drive and threatened deputies with a handgun during the barricade episode, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies fired at the kidnapping suspect and struck him several times in the upper torso, Jansen said. The man was taken to an area hospital, where he died.


Deputies first went to the East Los Angeles neighborhood about 10 a.m. while following up on an investigation into a kidnapping and assault with deadly weapon that occurred March 19 in the area of Rowan Avenue and Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

Authorities said surveillance video showed a gunman approach the male victim about 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Rowan Avenue and attack him. The gunman then forced the man into a vehicle and drove away.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s investigators with the Major Crimes Bureau went to the neighborhood in search of the suspect. Once investigators made contact with him, however, he ran away and barricaded himself inside a home on Northside Drive.

Several residents were evacuated from the area as crisis negotiators tried to talk to the man.

Hours later, he stepped out of the home, and the shooting occurred.

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