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Man killed by deputies aimed metal object at them, officials say

December 28, 2011 | 11:59 am

Deputies fatally shot a man in Rancho Palos Verdes only after he hid behind a car, took a shooting stance and pointed a metallic object at the officers, authorities said Wednesday.

A statement released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department did not say whether a weapon was found after the shooting Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred after an 85-year-old man reported that his son had assaulted him, according to the department.

When deputies encountered the man's 48-year-old son outside the home in the 29000 block of Golden Meadow Drive, he was "uncooperative and would not follow commands," the department said.  The man then took cover behind a car, positioned himself as if he were shooting and aimed a metallic object in his hand at the deputies, authorities said.

The officers shot the man in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's homicide bureau has opened an investigation into the incident, which is routine for officer-involved shootings resulting in injury or death.

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