January 1, 2009 | 9:34
Los Angeles police officers shot and killed an armed man in Panorama City just after midnight on New Year’s Day, authorities said.
Police responded to a 911 call about a man firing shots into the air and threatening his family during a holiday party about 12:20 a.m. at a home in the 14100 block of Terra Bella Street, said LAPD Lt. John Romero.
Officers arrived at the home just after 12:30 a.m., surrounded the residence and evacuated everyone from the party, Romero said.
After a two-hour search, police spotted a man about 2:20 a.m., in a crawl space above a converted garage located behind the home, Romero said. The man was armed, and three officers opened fire, according to preliminary reports. Police were not saying whether the man also shot his weapon, pending an LAPD investigation of the officer-involved shooting, Romero said.
The man, whose identity was not released, died at the scene, Romero said. Investigators believe he was in his early 40s, Romero added. The suspect’s gun was recovered, he said.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Update: This officer-involved shooting is the first homicide of 2009, said Larry Dietz, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
*Second Update: This officer-involved shooting is not the first homicide of 2009, officials said. A double homicide in Long Beach claiming two lives took place about 12:40 a.m. Thursday. It is believed to be the first homicide of the New Year. Read more about these killings here.