MAYWOOD (CNS) - An armed man was fatally shot by one or more deputies who were serving a search warrant at a residence in Maywood today.
The shooting occurred about 5:45 a.m. in the 6100 block of Clarkson Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
``The male adult suspect was struck by gunfire and pronounced deceased on scene,'' a sheriff's department statement said. The man was not immediately identified. Gang unit deputies were serving a search warrant at the residence when the shooting occurred, sheriff's Lt. Hugo Reynaga told KTLA5.
``Upon walking up to the location, they detained a male individual (who) was sleeping on the front porch,'' Reynaga said. ``They did their announcements at the door. A female adult came out a side door of the house. They detained her.
``As they were approaching the side door of the house, a male from inside the location got into a verbal confrontation with the deputies at the door while holding a handgun in his hand and pointing it up to the sky,'' Reynaga said.
``For several minutes they were trying to de-escalate the situation,'' Reynaga said. ``The gentleman walked to the side of the door and the gun came down pointing in the direction of the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.''
Reynaga said it was unclear if the man fired at the deputies. ``We have several gunshots that were heard at the time of the incident, but we don't know exactly if the male homeowner fired a shot and then the deputies fired back, or if the male homeowner just pointed the firearm and then the deputy-involved shooting occurred,'' Reynaga said.
Reynaga said the relationship between the fatally wounded man and the man who was sleeping on the front porch was ``unclear,'' but he apparently was living on the porch. Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.