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Los Angeles police fatally shoot man armed with pickax

May 30, 2018 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a suspect armed with a pickax after a man was stabbed in a suburban neighborhood early Wednesday, authorities said.

Officers responding to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon around 1 a.m. in the San Fernando Valley encountered a man on top of a carport who “was irate,” Officer Norma Eisenman said.

The suspect came down and began throwing objects at the officers, who responded with various non-lethal munitions, she said.

Police opened fire when the man armed himself with a pickax and began trying to enter a residence in the Pacoima area, Eisenman said.


The suspect, described only as a man in his 20s, was struck by gunfire and died of his wounds at a hospital, she said.

He was suspected of stabbing another man, who was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition, officials said.

One police officer was hospitalized and another was treated at the scene for unspecified injuries.