Alleged Carjacker Dies At McDonald's After Confrontation With Sheriff's Deputies
A man who is believed to be homeless died at a San Gabriel McDonald's after a confrontation with L.A. County Sheriff's deputies, reports CBS 2.
The incident started with a suspected carjacking that happened at 5:24 a.m. in Rosemead, reports the L.A. Times. Allegedly, a parking enforcement officer was writing a ticket when the suspect climbed into the vehicle and drove away. According to CBS 2, the suspect had struck the back of the officer's head before getting into the car.
Two hours after the carjacking, employees at a McDonald's on the 6900 block of Rosemead Boulevard called officers to say that a man—standing by a parking enforcement car—was acting strangely outside the restaurant. After authorities arrived at the scene, a struggle between the suspect and officers happened inside the McDonald's. The suspect died during the confrontation.
"During the encounter something led to him dying. It could have been a use of force," Deputy Mike Barraza of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department told LAist. He adds that there was no shooting involved, and that, so far, there have been no reports of an officer using a taser. Barraza said there's no confirmation yet on how many officers were inside the McDonald's at the time of the confrontation.
The suspect is described as a white, adult male in a release by the sheriff's department.
Homicide detectives are currently at the scene. The incident is still under investigation.