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Los Angeles police shoot, kill man with knife

December 27, 2021 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police fatally shot a man with a knife Sunday, authorities said.

The man’s death marks the 18th person shot and killed by Los Angeles police officers in 2021. Sunday’s shooting comes just days after an LAPD officer fatally shot a 14-year-old girl Thursday when officers fired on an assault suspect and a bullet went through the wall and struck the girl as she was in a clothing store dressing room.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore promised to release video from the clothing store shooting Monday.

The shooting of the man on Sunday is the 38th time LAPD officers have shot people — 18 of them fatally, including the man with the knife — in 2021, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Those figures mark a dramatic rise in cases where officers shot or killed people in either of the last two years — 27 people were shot and 7 of them killed by LA police in all of 2020. In 2019, officers shot 26 people, killing 12.

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On Sunday, officers arrived in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles at about 6 p.m. following a request for backup from the Los Angeles Fire Department for the man with the knife.

The man, whose name has not been released, got out of a parked car when the officers got there. He was allegedly still holding the knife, according to Twitter posts from the LAPD’s Media Relations Division.

The man allegedly did not follow commands to drop the knife and approached an officer, police said. At least one officer opened fire, striking the man. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.