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Norwalk: Leopoldo Huizar, 24

September 25, 2009 |  1:48 pm


Leopoldo Huizar, a 24-year-old Latino, died Sunday, Sept. 20, after he was shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in the 11600 block of East Imperial Highway in Norwalk, authorities said.

A deputy was patrolling the area around the Towne House Motel when he "encountered a suspicious male" in the back parking lot, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Department.

Huizar was belligerent, authorities said, and resisted the deputy while he tried to check him for weapons. Huizar apparently pulled a gun out of his waistband and the deputy shot him, according to the statement.

Huizar was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the county coroner's office. A loaded handgun was recovered from the scene, authorities said.

-- Anthony Pesce

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