A man who allegedly robbed a fast-food restaurant was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Sunday after he pointed a fake handgun at the officers, authorities said.
The man, who was not identified, allegedly committed the robbery in the 500 block of East Rosecrans Avenue about 2:20 a.m. and fled the scene, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Department.
A witness pointed out the suspect to responding deputies, who chased the man on foot. In the 800 block of North Santa Fe Avenue, "the suspect turned and faced them, pointing what appeared to be a black semiautomatic handgun," according to a Sheriff's Department statement.
Two deputies shot the man multiple times in the upper torso. He died at the scene. The deputies later discovered that the man's weapon was a replica of a semiautomatic pistol, the sheriff's statement said.
-- Ari B. Bloomekatz