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Police fatally shoot man near MacArthur Park when he refuses to drop gun

Los Angeles police shot and killed a man near MacArthur Park after he refused to drop a handgun during a foot chase Thursday night, authorities said.

Two gang unit officers responded to a call about 7:40 p.m. and tried to stop the man, who was running near W. 6th and S. Park View streets, said LAPD Officer April Harding.

Officers saw a handgun in the man's hand, and he refused to drop the weapon, Harding said.

“That’s when the officer-involved shooting took place,” Harding said.

The officers were not injured, she said. The suspect's name was not immediately released.

Since January 2007, at least 121 officer-involved homicides have been reported in Los Angeles County, according to a database compiled by The Times' Homicide Report.

-- My-Thuan Tran

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Another youth killed at only 19 years old. This is now leaving his loved one to question his trust in the world. So sad.

Drop the gun means "Drop the Gun". This guy made a choice and lost.

Couldn't they just shoot the gun out of his hand...another senseless death...another taxpayer snuffed off this planet....

Oh, he never held a job and never paid income tax...umm, I support our local police....good job....

thats dumb he didnt have a gun..everyone that was there said he didnt have nothing in his hand.AND THAT THEY DIDNT SEE NOTHING!! NOTHING AT ALL.the cops just assumed he had something and they fired away.the cops just dont care all they think about is another peson off the street. the cops just think only because they have a little fake badge they could do whatever they want. and of course the court system and government will be on their side,WHAT A SURPRISE THERE!


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