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Motive of machete-wielding man shot by Inglewood police unclear

May 19, 2013|By Paul Pringle

An investigation continued Sunday into what motivated a machete-wielding man to smash the windows of eight patrol cars at an Inglewood police station and then threaten an officer with the weapon before being shot to death, officials said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday when the man charged the officer outside the Manchester Boulevard station, the Inglewood Police Department said in a statement. The officer shot the man once in the upper body, and he later died at a hospital, the statement said.

The names of the man and the officer were not immediately released.

“It does sound like he was mentally ill,” Police Lt. Neal Cochran said of the man.

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paul.pringle@latimes.com

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