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Man Fatally Shot By LAPD In Downtown L.A. May Be Connected To Murdered Woman

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Police fatally shot a man in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon, and there's a possibility that the deceased may be connected to the murder of a woman who was found dead in a nearby apartment building.

The shooting occurred at about 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon near 11th and Hope streets, KTLA reports. A spokesperson with the LAPD tells LAist that officers from the LAPD's Central Traffic Division were flagged down by a Los Angeles City Department of Transportation officer, who directed them to a man allegedly armed with a knife. Though specific details of the shooting have not been released, it is known that the officers who confronted the man ultimately opened fire and fatally wounded him. A large knife was recovered from the scene.

An employee at an apartment building at Hope and 11th told KTLA that the man had come into the building and was ejected by security. The witness said he later saw the same man, armed with a knife, chasing a woman into a nearby business.

After the shooting, a woman approached officers at Flower and 11th and reported a death in a nearby apartment building located in the 1100 block of S. Flower Street. There, officers discovered the body of a woman in her 40s.

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LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman said the woman was "obviously a victim of a homicide based on the crime scene," according to City News Service.

It is not clear if the woman's death and the man are connected, but police are investigating the possibility. The shooting is under investigation by the department's Force Investigation Division. The involved officers were wearing body cams at the time of the shooting, according to the L.A. Times.