Ax-Wielding Suspect Shot And Killed By Police After Car Chase
A man was fatally shot by officers on Wednesday afternoon in Westchester, after authorities pursued him on suspicion that he was threatening people with an ax or hatchet, reports KTLA.
The incident started at around 12:30 p.m., when El Segundo police received reports about a man who was walking around wielding a sharp object. He was also allegedly approaching people and threatening them with the weapon.
Officers arrived at a residential area near Imperial Avenue and McCarthy Court in El Segundo and encountered the man. At some point, the suspect got in a vehicle and led authorities on a short chase that ended at the north side of LAX, reports ABC 7. The suspect, with the purported ax in hand, got out of the vehicle and set foot on top of a police cruiser. Officers fired at the suspect, who was later declared dead at the scene.
ABC 7 tweeted a video showing the moments right before the suspect was shot (it pauses right before the shooting happens):
Officers reportedly fired their guns more than a half dozen times. One witness told KTLA that, “There was a lot. It was about eight to 10. It was rapid, really rapid.”
According to the Daily Breeze, the incident forced the closure of Manchester Avenue west of Sepulveda Boulevard, just east of LAX.
The investigation has been transferred over to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. A spokesperson at the Sheriff's department told LAist that investigators are heading to the scene, and that there are no updates at the moment.