Calif. police fatally shoot man wielding three-foot sword

The shooting caused a Los Angeles school to go into lockdown Wednesday morning

Hannah Fry and Alejandra Reyes Velarde
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A man wielding a 3-foot sword was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy Wednesday morning on the campus of Esteban Torres High School in East Los Angeles, prompting officials to lock down the school.

The deputy opened fire just after 9 a.m., after a man officers had been chasing ran onto the campus at 4211 Dozier St., said Los Angeles School Police Sgt. Rudy Perez.

The chase began outside a nearby home shortly before the shooting. Deputies had received calls about a family disturbance, said sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean, and when they arrived, they encountered a man who was in violation of a restraining order and was threatening the family with a 3-foot sword.

Deputies asked the man repeatedly to drop the weapon, but he refused and took off running in the direction of the high school, Dean said.

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After a brief foot chase, the man jumped the school fence and ran into its outside lunch area. Deputies followed and again ordered the man to drop the sword, but he “advanced on one of the deputies,” who fired on the suspect.

Paramedics performed life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene, Dean said.

Classes were in session at the time, but some students were outside, officials said. Investigators were interviewing students who saw the altercation, Dean said.

School officials said crisis counseling was being made available to all students. Classes remained in session, and students were set to be released at the usual time.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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