09/05/2006

Two men shot, killed by Calif. police

The Associated Press

SANTA MONICA- A man armed with a handgun was shot to death Monday after he turned toward police officers during a chase, authorities said.

A witness said the man was unarmed.

Police who got a call about a large fight went to the scene about 12:30 a.m. and were told that a man there was carrying a handgun, Lt. Frank Fabrega said.

When officers tried to detain the man he ran off with a gun in his hand, Fabrega said.

During the chase, the man turned toward police and at least one officer shot him, Fabrega said.

The man's identity was not officially released but KNBC-TV identified him as Christopher Hunter.

It was the second deadly police shooting in Los Angeles County within a six-hour period.

On Sunday evening, a man was shot and killed by police in neighboring Los Angeles during a struggle after he ran from a stolen sport utility vehicle, police said.

Officers spotted the reportedly stolen SUV at about 6:30 p.m. in South Los Angeles and followed until a passenger jumped out and ran, Officer Sara Faden said.

The man was seen "with a gun in his possession," Faden said.

Two officers chased him and one struggled with him for the handgun, which went off but did not hit anyone, Faden said.

An officer shot the man, who died at the scene, Faden said.

The identity of the man, who appeared to be in his 30s, was not immediately released.

The SUV drove away but the woman allegedly driving it was arrested by other officers about 10 blocks away, police said.

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