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Suspected burglar crushed by gate

September 14, 2009|Jack Leonard

A man was killed early Sunday when a heavy metal gate fell on him as he apparently tried to break into a South Los Angeles business complex, authorities said.

Police believe the man was trying to slip past the gate in the 1800 block of East 41st Place near Alameda Street when he was crushed.

The man "was allegedly trying to open the gate . . . to enter the business for some sort of nefarious reason," said Los Angeles Police Lt. Faryl Fletcher.

The man's body was discovered at 2:30 a.m. Several businesses operate at the location, including an auto mechanic shop.

Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said authorities had yet to identify the man.

-- Jack Leonard

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