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16-year-old alleged gang member killed in police shooting

July 24, 2009 |  8:40 pm

A 16-year-old boy described by authorities as a gang member was shot and killed early this morning by a Baldwin Park police officer who believed the youth was reaching into his pants for a gun, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The shooting occurred in the 11200 block of Mildred Street in El Monte about 4:30 a.m., where Baldwin Park officers had followed a vehicle that had been reported stolen. They stopped the vehicle and two male suspects got out and ran, according to the Sheriff's Department, which is investigating. The female driver remained and was taken into custody.

One of the officers, who was not identified, gave chase and said he opened fire when one of the suspects reached for a gun. The suspect, later identified by the county coroner's office as Jose Ramon Jimenez of La Puente, did not fire any shots; the officer fired four, investigators said.  A handgun was recovered at the scene, where Jimenez died.

The second suspect remained at large Friday night. 

-- Jean Merl