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Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots burglary suspect in Azusa [Updated]

October 2, 2009 |  7:30 am
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a suspected burglar in Azusa this morning after he pulled a knife on the deputy, authorities said.
The shooting was reported about 1:15 a.m. at Renwick Road and Rockdale Avenue, said Deputy Aura Sierra.

Deputies were attempting to detain two suspected car thieves when they ran away, Sierra said.  When they cornered one of the men, the suspect pulled out a knife, she said. 

“Fearing for his safety, one of the deputies fired several rounds from his weapon, hitting the suspect,” Sierra said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Sierra said. No deputies were injured.

A knife was recovered at the scene, she said. 

The second suspect remains at large, authorities said.

[Updated at 2:40 p.m.: The dead suspect was identified by authorities as Efrain Lara Gutierrez, 31, of Azusa.]

-- Ruben Vives