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UPDATE: Man was shot after he moved toward deputies with knife

Posted: January 30, 2014 9:43 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 8:39 a.m.

A sheriff's deputy walks past the male suspect lying next to the center divider on the corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive Thursday night in Canyon Country. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo.

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A man killed during a deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country Thursday night was shot multiple times in the upper torso by deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station after reportedly moving toward them with a knife in his hand, according to an incident report released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began at approximately 8:25 p.m. Thursday when patrol deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were flagged down and received reports of a man in the area of Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive who was “running in and out of traffic, holding a spear and waving it at passersby on the road,” according to the incident report.

Sheriff’s deputies later located the male suspect standing near the intersection “holding a metal spear and behaving strangely,” according to the report.

The suspect, whose identity had not yet been released as of Friday, reportedly ignored verbal orders from the deputies and struck a vehicle passing nearby with the spear.

At some point during this exchange the first deputy-involved shooting occurred. According to the Sheriff’s Department report, the man appeared unscathed and continued acting erratically.

The deputies then moved back toward their vehicle, at which point the man, a knife now in hand, advanced on them, according to the report.

The suspect was then fired upon and struck multiple times in the upper torso, according to the report.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and both the weapons were recovered.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

Witnesses at the scene, Kyle Reinoso and Stephanie Szyszkowski, said they saw the man in the center divider at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive walking and running up and down the median with a hockey stick.

They said deputies on the scene had weapons drawn.

“He was running toward the cop and they shot him,” Reinoso said.

Reinoso and Szyszkowski said they heard “four to six shots” during the incident.

Another witness, Canyon Country resident Brenden Stach, said the man was “running in and out of traffic dodging cars” prior to the shooting.

Cesar Lopez, another witness, said “there were people walking on the sidewalk. He tried to attack them.”

Whenever an officer- or deputy-involved shooting takes place in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and an individual is wounded as a result, multiple independent investigations are triggered, including investigations by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office or Coroner.

The situation is also examined by the Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Bureau and Homicide Bureau.

Attorneys from the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also respond to the scene and are given access to the investigation, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Every aspect of the shooting is also reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.

Anyone with additional information regarding Thursday night’s incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips can also be made anonymously at 800-222-8477.

 

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