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Man killed in struggle with sheriff's deputies identified

A man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies during a struggle for a gun was identified Sunday as a resident of San Fernando.

Javier Ortiz, 31, was killed Friday in Palmdale after he grabbed the pistol of a deputy and pointed it at him, according to sheriff's officials. His name was released by the county coroner's office.

The incident began when deputies responded to the 38500 block of Larkin Avenue after receiving a call that a man in the area was "acting violently," authorities said. Deputies spoke to members of Ortiz's family, who said he appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Soon afterward, they were contacted by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer, who said he and his fiancee had been assaulted by a man with a pipe whose appearance matched the description of Ortiz, authorities said.

Deputies spotted Ortiz and saw him attempt to scale a wall. After they pulled him down, Ortiz grabbed one deputy’s pistol and pointed it at him, sheriff’s officials said. "The deputy quickly pushed the suspect's hands upward and at that moment the suspect fired at least one shot into the air," according to a statement released by the department.

The deputy pulled his back-up gun and fired multiple rounds at Ortiz, as did a second deputy, according to the statement.

One deputy sustained a broken hand during the fight and was treated at a hospital. The off-duty LAPD officer and his fiancee also received medical treatment.

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