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Deputies fatally shoot man near Willowbrook

March 12, 2011 |  4:15 pm

A 24-year-old man was killed early Saturday morning in an officer-involved shooting west of Willowbrook, authorities said.

The man, who was suspected of brandishing a gun at motorists on El Segundo Boulevard in Willowbrook, led Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies on a chase around 3 a.m., according to Sgt. Diane Hecht.  

After several minutes, the man abandoned his motocycle in the middle of El Segundo Boulevard just west of the 110 Freeway, removed his helmet and challenged deputies to a fight, she said.

Hecht said deputies fatally shot the man after he removed what they thought was a handgun from his waist and pointed it at them.

The deputies were not injured, she said. A replica pistol was recovered at the scene.

-- Kate Linthicum