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Topless club's guards shoot man who tried to run them over, cops say

April 05, 2013|By Matt Stevens
  • Approximate location of incident shown in black.
Approximate location of incident shown in black. (Los Angeles Times Mapping…)

A man outside a Commerce topless club attempted to run over security guards with his vehicle early Friday morning but was shot multiple times by the guards, sheriff’s officials said.

The exchange occurred just after midnight at Nicola's, a topless club on the 900 block of S. Gerhart Avenue, according to Lt. John Roberts of the Los Angeles County sheriff's East Los Angeles station.

Roberts said the suspect was asked to leave the club, and he subsequently attempted to ram about four security guards with his vehicle. Some of the guards opened fire, striking the man in the arm and the leg.

The suspect, who was not identified, was in stable condition at a hospital and would be booked for assault with a deadly weapon -- his vehicle -- Roberts said.

Although the investigation was ongoing, Roberts said it appeared the guards acted in self-defense.

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