Authorities Identify Man Fatally Shot By Sheriff's Deputies Near Lancaster

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LANCASTER (CNS) - Authorities today identified an armed suspect who was fatally shot by sheriff's deputies following a pursuit in the Lancaster area.

Barry Ross, 34, of Lancaster, died at a hospital following the shooting that occurred on Thursday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Deputies were called about 4:10 p.m. that day to Deputy Pierre W. Bain Park at 45045 Fifth Street East, where a man was brandishing a firearm and pointing it at passing vehicles and park visitors, said Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

A sheriff's department helicopter crew spotted the man, who got into a white vehicle and drove off, Arteaga said. The man then drove west on Avenue B into a dirt parking lot at West Avenue B and Sierra Highway, where deputies approached in an armored rescue vehicle.

Authorities said the man pointed a firearm at the sheriff's helicopter and at approaching deputies, and they opened fire, mortally wounding him.

No deputies or civilians were injured.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, sheriff's officials said.

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