Knife-Wielding Man Dies in Deputy-Involved Shooting in Whittier

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WHITTIER (CNS) - A knife-wielding man who reportedly claimed he wanted to be shot by police died in a deputy-involved shooting in unincorporated Whittier, authorities said today.

It started at 8:10 p.m. Sunday when deputies from the Pico Rivera Sheriff's Station went to the 8000 block of Rexall Avenue in response to a call that a man was holding a machete, yelling and banging on windows, Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said.

“Deputies, along with members of the Sheriff's Department Mental Evaluation Team, contacted a male adult resident along with members of his family. It was determined no crime had been committed and he was left in their care,” Koerner said.

At 10:33 p.m., deputies received a second call from that location. The caller claimed the man wanted to be shot by police, the deputy said.

“As deputies arrived, they found the same male that was contacted earlier standing in the driveway. The male was armed with a large knife and was holding it to a woman believed to be a family member,” Koerner said. “Deputies ordered the male to drop the knife. Hoowever, the male refused. Instead, the male advanced toward the deputies, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

The man was pronounced dead at the scene from “several gunshot wounds,” Koerner said.

No deputies were injured and a large knife was recovered, he said.

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