Authorities ID Parolee Shot and Killed by Police in West Covina

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WEST COVINA (CNS) - Authorities today identified a parolee wanted on a warrant who was fatally shot by police in West Covina.

The shooting occurred about 12:30 p.m. Monday in a parking lot in the 700 block of North Sunset Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Joseph Burciaga, 40, died at the scene, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported. His city of residence was not known.

Burciaga was wanted for an outstanding parole warrant and an assault with a deadly weapons allegation, according to Deputy Eva Jimenez of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

West Covina Police Department officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce saw Burciaga inside a vehicle in the parking lot, and as they approached him, he got out and tried to run away, Jimenez said.

``As the officers attempted to detain the suspect, he produced a firearm,'' prompting the shooting, Jimenez said. ``The suspect was struck multiple times in the upper torso and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.''

No officers were injured. Investigators recovered a firearm from the scene, Jimenez said.

Sheriff's detectives were assisting West Covina police in the investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted at

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