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Hawthorne police kill armed man during spousal abuse call

November 13, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • The map shows the approximate location of an officer involved shooting, as well as 42 homicides in the Hawthorne area since January 2007.
The map shows the approximate location of an officer involved shooting,… (Los Angeles Times Homicide…)

A man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Hawthorne allegedly drew a handgun during a spousal abuse call, police said Wednesday night.

Officers arrived at the scene in the 13900 block of Cerise Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. and were told by witnesses that a man had barricaded himself inside a storage room, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The officers "established communication" with the man to take him into custody, according to sheriff's officials. But the suspect "suddenly stepped out and produced a handgun."

INTERACTIVE: L.A. Times Homicide Report

The man was shot at least once and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No officers were injured.

At least 42 homicides have been reported in Hawthorne since January 2007, according to The Times Homicide Report database.

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