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Man with knife, pit bull shot by deputy in Arcadia [Updated]

January 11, 2011 |  7:59 am

A man armed with a knife and accompanied by a leashed pit bull was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot by an L.A. County sheriff's deputy at a park in Arcadia, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 9:45 p.m. Monday when police responded to a domestic-violence call at Peck Road Park. A woman said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, said Tom Martin, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The boyfriend became “hostile” as deputies questioned the woman, and he advanced on officers while holding a pit bull on a leash with one hand and a knife in the other, Martin said.

A deputy feared for his safety when the man approached, and he shot the man twice, Martin said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition, authorities said. No deputies were injured.

[Updated at 10 a.m.: The man and woman are transients who live in a homeless encampment in the park, said Lt. Don Slawson of the sheriff’s homicide bureau, which is investigating the alleged assault against the deputy who fired his weapon and the legality of the shooting itself.

Internal affairs bureau is also conducting its own investigation. Both are standard procedure after a deputy-involved shooting, Slawson said.]

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