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Glendale police shoot and kill gunman

September 30, 2011 |  6:47 am

Two Glendale police officers killed an armed man early Friday after he was reportedly walking the streets firing a pistol, authorities said.

No officers were hurt in the shootout, although a patrol car was struck by a bullet, said Sgt. Tom Lorenz, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department.

The gunman had not been identified early Friday, he said.

The incident will leave sections of San Fernando Road and Glendale Avenue closed for much of the morning as the investigation proceeds, Lorenz said.

The incident began at 2:30 a.m. with a call of shots fired near the intersection of Brand Boulevard and San Fernando Road.

Two officers arrived and heard another gunshot a block away at Brand and Glendale, Lorenz said.

Once there, they spotted a man armed with a pistol. He fired at the officers, who returned fire, Lorenz said.

“There’s no other way to describe it: A gun battle took place for a period of time,” Lorenz said.

The gunman was eventually shot and died at the scene, authorities said.

A third officer arrived on scene, and his car was hit once by a bullet.

The officer-involved shooting investigative team for the L.A. County district attorney’s office was called to the scene, as was the L.A. County coroner’s office.

“Now we’re going to try to determine what was going on with this guy and why he was walking around firing his weapon,” Lorenz said.


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Photo: Investigators stand among evidence markers as they investigate an officer-involved fatal shooting on San Fernando Road in Glendale. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times