Shotgun-Wielding Man Fires at Calif. Sheriff's Office Helicopter from Rooftop

June 14, 2024
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man armed with a shotgun after he opened fire on an agency helicopter from a rooftop near Compton.

By Joseph Serna

Source Los Angeles Times

A man who authorities say was under the influence and firing from a rooftop at a Los Angeles County sheriff's helicopter with a shotgun was killed by deputies Thursday night in South L.A.

Sheriff's officials said they responded about 7:45 p.m. Thursday to a call about a man possibly under the influence in a yard in the 14600 block of Cahita Avenue in an unincorporated part of L.A. County near Compton that was patrolled by the Sheriff's Department.

When they arrived, the man moved from the backyard and onto the roof of a home, the Sheriff's Department said in a release, noting that the man continued to ignore orders to surrender.

Then, "a Sheriff's Department helicopter arrived on scene and reported that the suspect was armed with a shotgun," authorities said in a statement. "They reported that the suspect was firing the weapon in their direction."

Two deputies on the ground then shot and killed the man, the department said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.

The shooting will be investigated by multiple agencies, which is standard protocol.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

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