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Man killed in shooting was Good Samaritan, authorities say

October 31, 2011 | 10:47 pm

Authorities believe a Good Samaritan was shot and killed Monday when he tried to stop four people from robbing another person behind a U.S. post office in Canyon Country.

The unidentified man tried to “prevent the robbery and approached the suspects with a baseball bat,” Deputy Lillian Peck said. “One suspect produced a handgun and shot the Good Samaritan victim in the torso.”

The attempted robbery occurred about 3:10 p.m. in the 18300 block of Soledad Canyon Road. The intended victim was shot in the right thigh as he attempted to run away, Peck said.

All four suspects fled through an alley and were subsequently taken into custody, Peck said.

Both victims were transported to a hospital, where the Good Samaritan was pronounced dead, Peck said. The robbery victim was treated for minor injuries and “will be released shortly,” she said.

Detectives have learned that the injured victim had arranged a meeting to sell a Nintendo DS Game System to the four suspects, Peck said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station at (661) 255-1121.


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