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Deputies fatally shoot man in Palmdale after a struggle

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in Palmdale shot and killed a man after he grabbed a deputy's pistol during a struggle, authorities said.

According to a Sheriff's Department statement, the shooting was reported about 6 p.m. Friday in the 38500 block of Larkin Avenue.

The events started when deputies responded earlier that evening to a call of a man "acting violently." Arriving deputies were told by the man's family members that he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and had fled.

As authorities searched for the man, an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer waved to deputies on Larkin Avenue and told them that he and his fiancee had been assaulted by a man with a metal pipe, the statement said.

The description of the attacker matched that of the man the deputies were trying to find.

After that, two deputies spotted the man on the same street and chased him, officials said.

The man attempted to scale a high block wall, but deputies pulled him down, and a scuffle ensued, officials said.

"During the fight, the suspect gained control of one of the deputies' duty weapon and pointed it at him," the statement read. "The deputy quickly pushed the suspect's hands upward and at that moment the suspect fired at least one shot into the air."

Nobody was struck by that gunfire.

The deputy then drew his back-up gun and fired multiple rounds at the man, the statement said. The second deputy fired multiple shots too.

"The suspect was struck multiple times in the upper torso; he collapsed and dropped the deputy's duty weapon," the statement said.

The name of the man was not released.

At least one deputy sustained a broken hand during the fight and was treated at a hospital. The off-duty police officer and his fiancee also were treated at a hospital, authorities said.

The Sheriff's Department says homicide detectives are investigating the shooting.

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