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Officers fatally shoot man who swung at them with metal bar

January 23, 2012 |  5:00 pm

A man armed with a metal bar who was reportedly breaking into a Monterey Park fast-food restaurant Monday was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

No officers were injured in the shooting, reported about 9:30 a.m. at a Carl's Jr. near Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue.

The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, whose Homicide Bureau is investigating the shooting.

Sheriff's officials said Monterey Park police were called to the restaurant after witnesses reported a man breaking windows, sheriff's officials said. Upon arrival, the officers saw several people run from the restaurant in their direction. 

A man with a 3-foot metal bar followed immediately behind them. The officers ordered him several times to drop the bar. He did not heed the command, authorities said, and one of the officers used a Taser on him.

That did not subdue the man, who got close to officers and swung the bar at them twice, officials said.

"Fearing for their safety, an officer-involved shooting occurred," sheriff's officials said in a statement.


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