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October 18, 2012
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Calif. deputy shoots suspect in hospital ER

Man had one wrist handcuffed to a gurney when he suddenly grabbed the gun from an officer's belt

Associated Press

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Authorities say a jail inmate suspected of drug use was shot to death in a hospital emergency room after he grabbed a gun from a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy.

The 27-year-old man was pronounced dead at Centinela Hospital Medical Center early Thursday.

Sheriff's Lt. Holly Francisco said the man, whose name was not immediately released, had one wrist handcuffed to a gurney in a triage room with two deputies when he suddenly grabbed the gun from one officer's belt. She says another deputy fired a shot that killed him.

No one else was hurt.

The man had been arrested Wednesday for investigation of possessing a controlled substance.

While jailed at the South Los Angeles station, the man complained of feeling ill and was taken to the hospital.

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Copyright 2012 Associated Press

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