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Mentally ill man fatally shot by LAPD officers was acting violently, officials say

January 25, 2011 |  7:46 am

Los Angeles police officers Monday shot and killed a mentally ill man who authorities said was acting violently, police said.

Witnesses told On Scene news video that police fired beanbag rounds at the suspect before shooting him.

The shooting occurred about 8:15 p.m. in the 900 block of East 107th Street in South Los Angeles. The victim was 40 years old.

After arriving at the scene, patrol officers requested additional units, police said.

"The situation started to escalate, and they requested backup," said Officer Karen Rayner, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman.

Relatives of the victim told On Scene that the man was eccentric but not a violent person.


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