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First Reported Homicide of the Year at the Hands of LAPD

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A man reportedly "firing shots into the air and threatening his family during a holiday party" was shot and killed by LAPD Officers early this morning. Around 12:30 a.m., officers arrived at the party, evacuated the attendees and searched the Panorama City residence for the suspect. It was two hours before they found a man in a garage crawl space. "The man was armed, and three officers opened fire, according to preliminary reports" reported the LA Times. "Police did not say whether the man also shot his weapon, pending an LAPD investigation of the officer-involved shooting." (For clarification: homicide is a human killing a human and does not indicate a criminal murder).