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Man wielding machete and baseball bat shot by sheriff's deputies [UPDATED]

March 15, 2009 |  2:37 pm

Sheriff’s deputies shot a man today in Rosemead after he threatened them with a machete and a baseball bat, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

[UPDATED] Ernesto Castaneda, 22, later died at a hospital, according to Sheriff's Deputy Byron Ward.

Deputies were called at 11 a.m. to the 3500 block of Temple City Boulevard by Castaneda's father, who reported that his adult son was under the influence of drugs and armed with a machete, Ward said.

When deputies arrived, they found the man in a nearby backyard wielding the machete, as well as a baseball bat. They ordered him to drop the items, but he refused and moved toward them, Ward said. Two deputies fired their weapons, striking him in the upper torso.

According to department policy, homicide investigators will review the officer-involved shooting, and the findings will be examined by the county Office of Independent Review.

-- Seema Mehta and Kim Christensen