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Unarmed Man Killed By LA Deputies For 'Shooting Stance'

| by Michael Allen
Los Angeles County Sheriff Command Truck

No gun was found on a man who was killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies on the morning of March 16.

Deputies said the unarmed man "took a two-hand shooting stance," which led to his death by law enforcement, reports KTLA.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a press release that deputies were answering a call about a robbery-in-progress in the South Los Angeles area.

According to the Sheriff's Department, the unidentified caller told authorities that the suspect was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and black shorts, and had a black handgun.

The responding deputies approached a man, who allegedly matched that description, standing next to a pay phone outside a liquor store.

The Sheriff's Department said the man "took a two-hand shooting stance" when deputies approached him, and one of the deputies, not identified, fired his gun at the man, who was reportedly Hispanic.

The unarmed man died at the scene.

Sheriff's Lt. Eddie Hernandez said a surveillance video of the shooting is being sought.

Local residents told KTLA that the liquor store owner witnessed the shooting.

In another Los Angeles-area shooting, Gevork Alachadzhyan was killed on March 13 by West Covina police after he stole a police car and led cops on a wild nighttime televised chase that ended in Glendale, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Police used a PIT maneuver to stop the stolen squad car, drew their guns and fatally shot Alachadzhyan while he was in the vehicle.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives placed a “security hold” on the case with the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, notes the newspaper.

The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau refused to say why a security hold was placed to block information that would normally be publicly released by coroner’s officials.

The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department said in a press release: "The officers saw the suspect making efforts to remove weapons positioned between the passenger and driver’s seat. Fearing the suspect was arming himself, both officers discharged their weapons."

The Sheriffs Department did not say whether Alachadzhyan was ever actually armed.

The chase reportedly began when Alachadzhyan was given a ride by a West Covina cop, but somehow he jumped in the driver's seat and took off with the squad car.

Sources: KTLA, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, San Gabriel Valley Tribune / Photo credit: Eric Polk/Wikimedia

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