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Man with gun shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies

September 1, 2020 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on Monday shot and killed a man they say fought with them and was carrying a handgun, prompting protests at the scene.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 3 p.m. in South Los Angeles. His name wasn’t immediately released.

Deputies driving in the area saw a man on a bicycle and tried to stop him for a vehicle code violation, sheriff’s officials said.

The man dropped the bike and ran off with deputies in pursuit. When they caught him, he fought and punched a deputy in the face, authorities said. He also dropped some clothing he’d been carrying, and the deputies saw there was a black semiautomatic handgun among them, sheriff’s officials said.

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Two deputies opened fire, hitting the man several times.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the man had reached for the gun, authorities said.

Hours after the shooting, a crowd estimated at 75 to 100 gathered at the scene, KCBS-TV reported.

Some chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Black lives matter,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Lt. Brandon Dean said investigators hadn’t yet interviewed deputies or other witnesses.

“Give us time to conduct our investigation,” he said. “We will get all of the facts of this case and eventually present them.”

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