Suicide-by-cop possible in Sun Valley shooting
A man fatally shot by officers in Sun Valley may have been trying to commit suicide by cop, family members said.
Los Angeles police officers responded to a report of someone shooting in the air about 5 a.m. Sunday and confronted Julio Sandoval, 47, near Vineland Avenue and Valerio Street, authorities said.
Sandoval reportedly pointed a rifle at the officers, who fired on him. He died at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. No officers were hurt.
Family members told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that Sandoval had been distraught the night before and called police himself, saying he was carrying a gun.
His son said the gun Sandoval aimed at officers was a BB gun.
"The whole time I'm just yelling, 'Stop, my dad's just drunk, he's got a BB gun!" the son told KTLA.
Los Angeles police Capt. Peter Whittingham said he could not confirm reports that Sandoval had called police himself or that the weapon was a BB gun.
-- Abby Sewell