Man armed with pickax dies in officer-involved shooting in Pacoima

Police Officers at the scene of a fatal officer involved shooting near the 10900 block of Telfair Avenue in Pacoima.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

A man armed with a pickax was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Pacoima early Wednesday, authorities said.

Shortly after 1 a.m., Los Angeles police officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 10900 block of Telfair Avenue, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.

When officers arrived, they were directed to a man who was on top of a carport and “was irate,” Eisenman said. The suspect came down and began throwing objects at the officers, who responded with various non-lethal means, she said.

The man then armed himself with a pickax and ran to a nearby residence, where he attempted to gain entry, Eisenman said.

At a point after that, the shooting occurred, Eisenman said. The man, in his mid- to late 20s, was struck and taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries, she said.


Another person involved in the incident was transported to a hospital with a stab wound and was listed in stable but serious condition. Two officers were injured — one was treated and released and the other was still being treated early Wednesday, according to Eisenman.

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6:20 a.m.: This article was updated with the death of the suspect.

This article was originally published at 5:40 a.m.