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Man dies after being shot by El Monte police in Temple City

March 9, 2012 | 10:35 am

A man who was shot by El Monte police Monday in Temple City after allegedly gunning his truck at an officer  died at a hospital, authorities said Friday.

Officials have not identified the man as they continue their investigation into the officer-involved shooting. They have placed a security hold on the case, according to Los Angeles County Coroner Capt. John Kades.  

"We received a preliminary report from the Sheriff's Department that a death occurred at L.A. County-USC Medical Center on March 7, related to an officer-involved shooting," Kades said. "The body is still at the hospital. We can’t confirm anything else at this time."

The shooting occurred late Monday night when police pursued a man they said had been seen "tampering" with and "unloading" a U-Haul truck in El Monte.  The pursuit continued until the man was trapped by authorities on a cul-de-sac near Arden Drive and Freer Street in Temple City.

After letting passenger Dennis Day, 20, out of the truck, the man drove at "a high rate of speed" at the officer who had initiated the pursuit.

"He came close to striking the initial pursuing officer,"  Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide bureau had said on Tuesday. "That caused officers to fire rounds, fearing for their safety."

Hernandez said that three officers fired at the man. Upon being hit, the suspect crashed into a residence. He was transported to the hosptial, where he remained in critical condition until Wednesday.

No else was injured in the incident.


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