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Los Angeles police shoot, kill man after struggle

02 March 2015, 09:00

Los Angeles — Police shot and killed a man who struggled with officers on a sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

The officers, who were answering a robbery call in the area Sunday, got into a struggle with the man and tried to use a stun gun on him before shooting him, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. He was later declared dead at a hospital.

Police did not immediately say how many officers were involved or how many shots were fired. They did not say whether the man was armed or identify him.

The shooting is the latest in a recent series of fatal police shootings around the country that have drawn widespread protest.

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Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that the man is known on the street in the area, where tents and cardboard shelters for the homeless cover the sidewalks, as "Africa," and that he had been there for four or five months.

One witness, Jose Gil, 38, told the Times he saw the man swinging at police then heard one of them shout, "He's got my gun!" before multiple shots were fired.

Dennis Horne, 29, said the man had been fighting with someone else in his tent before officers arrived.

"It's sad," Horne said. "There's no justification to take somebody's life."

Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff told the Times that the LAPD, the independent inspector general and the district attorney would all investigate the shooting "very, very carefully."

- AP

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