Deputies shot and killed a man suspected of attempted abduction Thursday in Lynwood, a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy said.
The deputy-involved shooting occurred just after noon in the 11500 block of Atlantic Avenue, following ”a kidnapping in progress call,” said Deputy Jeffrey Gordon of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
“Witnesses saw the suspect trying to force a 15-year-old female…into his vehicle,” Gordon said. ”When the victim was able to get away from the suspect’s grasp, the suspect drove his vehicle to the west side of Atlantic Avenue and stood in front of a local motel.”
The suspect put his right hand in his right front pocket and charged at the first arriving deputy as she attempted to park her patrol car, Gordon said.
“Believing the suspect was armed and in fear for her safety, the deputy fired several rounds from her duty weapon,” Gordon said.
The suspect, whose name was not released, was struck in the upper torso.
He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A weapon was not recovered from the suspect and the deputy was not injured, Gordon said.
The attempted kidnapping victim sustained minor injuries to her neck and chest, Gordon said. Detectives believe she did not know the suspect.