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Deputy fatally shoots suspect who pulled gun after traffic stop in Altadena, authorities say [Updated]

February 19, 2011 | 10:46 am

A man was shot and killed in Altadena by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy after running from a traffic stop and pulling a gun, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped two men in a vehicle about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of East New York Drive for a code violation, Sgt. Debra Herman said. One of the men got out of the passenger side of the car and ran off, and deputies chased him.

After a couple hundred yards, the man stopped and struggled with one of the deputies, Sheriff’s Capt. Ray Leyva said. When the man pulled a gun from his waistband, the deputy pulled his weapon and fired one shot at the suspect, Leyva said.

The suspect, whose name and age were not given, was pronounced dead at the scene. A gun was recovered from the location.

The deputy’s name was not released.

[Updated, 3 p.m.: The man killed has been identified as Stephen Bullock, 33, of Pomona, said Larry Dietz, watch commander for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.]

-- Corina Knoll