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Man shot by deputy in hospital ER identified

October 19, 2012 |  2:28 pm

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Friday identified the man fatally shot by a deputy in the emergency room of an Inglewood hospital as 27-year-old Jilberto Gutierrez.

The Lennox resident was pronounced dead around 1:10 a.m. Thursday after being shot. Officials said Gutierrez reached for a deputy's gun, prompting the shooting. No officers were injured and no further details about what led to the shooting have been released.

Gutierrez had been arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, Deputy Kim Manatt said in a statement.

While at the South Los Angeles Station, the man "developed a medical issue," and paramedics took him to the Centinela Hospital Medical Center.

One of the man's hands was cuffed to a gurney while the other remained free, Manatt said.

"Using his free hand, the suspect grabbed a deputy's gun," the statement read. "Fearing for his safety and his partner's safety, a second deputy fired his weapon at the suspect."

As is routine in deputy-involved shootings, the case will be investigated by the department's internal affairs bureau and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, as well as department detectives.

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