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Police fatally shoot man near MacArthur Park when he refuses to drop gun

May 28, 2010 |  7:44 am

Los Angeles police shot and killed a man near MacArthur Park after he refused to drop a handgun during a foot chase Thursday night, authorities said.

Two gang unit officers responded to a call about 7:40 p.m. and tried to stop the man, who was running near W. 6th and S. Park View streets, said LAPD Officer April Harding.

Officers saw a handgun in the man's hand, and he refused to drop the weapon, Harding said.

“That’s when the officer-involved shooting took place,” Harding said.

The officers were not injured, she said. The suspect's name was not immediately released.

Since January 2007, at least 121 officer-involved homicides have been reported in Los Angeles County, according to a database compiled by The Times' Homicide Report.

-- My-Thuan Tran