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Deputy shoots, kills man allegedly brandishing gun at firefighters [Updated]

December 17, 2011 |  9:58 am

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who was brandishing a gun at firefighters responding to a blaze in Lincoln Heights on Saturday morning, authorities reported.

The incident took place shortly before 5 a.m. in the 400 block of Solano Avenue. Firefighters arrived at the scene of a house fire and were met with gunshots.

They flagged down a passing transit services sheriff's deputy returning to his Metrolink office, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy shot the armed suspect, whose name was not immediately known, Whitmore said. The suspect died a half-hour later at a hospital,  he said.

[Updated at 8:45 a.m.: Whitmore said later that the man hadn't fired at anyone, but was brandishing a gun at firefighters and later pointing it at the deputy and ignoring repeated commands to drop the weapon.]

No one else was hurt in the incident.

Los Angeles Fire Department arson-counter-terrorism detectives were investigating the fire, a Fire Department official said.

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