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Police fatally shoot San Fernando man wielding a tree branch

April 25, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz

A man wielding a tree branch the size of a baseball bat was shot and killed by police on Thursday in San Fernando, authorities said.

Officers from the San Fernando Police Department came to the 900 block of Truman Street early Thursday morning "regarding a possible battery assault call for service," according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is assisting in the investigation.

When the officers arrived about 5:40 a.m., authorities said the suspect attacked at least one of them with a large tree branch.

"The suspect tried to hit the officer with the tree branch but instead hit the officer's patrol vehicle. The officer deployed less lethal force device (Taser), however, the Taser had no effect due to the layers of clothing the suspect was wearing," according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

The man again approached the police officer who shot him. Authorities said the suspect was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

A spokesman for the L.A. County coroner's office said they cannot yet release his identity.

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