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Rosemead man wielding meat cleavers is shot and killed by sheriff's deputies

August 2, 2009 |  2:11 pm

A man wielding two meat cleavers and shouting at authorities to kill him was shot to death outside his Rosemead apartment by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies after he advanced on them, authorities said today.

The man, whose name has not been released, had allegedly slipped into a neighbor’s apartment in the 9200 block of Ramona Boulevard early Saturday evening while she was out getting things from her car. He later emerged from a bedroom when she returned and was on her couch, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department. The woman recognized the man from an upstairs apartment unit. She screamed, pushed him away and ran out of the apartment before calling police at about 6 p.m., authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the suspect’s door to contact him. After first refusing to open the door, he did so with a meat cleaver in each hand and advanced toward them, yelling at deputies to “kill him,” according to the release. The department said the deputies withdrew, but the man continued to advance toward them. Two deputies each fired one round at him. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz