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Burglary suspect killed by deputy

October 03, 2009|Ruben Vives

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a suspected burglar early Friday after he allegedly pulled a knife on the deputy, authorities said.

The shooting was reported about 1:15 a.m. at Renwick Road and Rockdale Avenue, said Deputy Aura Sierra.

Deputies were attempting to detain two suspected car thieves when they ran away, Sierra said. When they cornered one of the men, the suspect pulled out a knife, she said. "Fearing for his safety, one of the deputies fired several rounds from his weapon, hitting the suspect," Sierra said.

Efrain Lara Gutierrez, 31, of Azusa was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect remains at large, Sierra said.

-- Ruben Vives

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