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Police Shoot And Kill Knife-Wielding Man At Hollywood And Highland, Protests Planned For Today

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Police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man at Hollywood and Highland on Friday night, prompting a small protest at the scene of the shooting last night and a march scheduled for Saturday at noon.

Los Angeles Police Officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon in progress around 6:45 p.m. on Friday night to the tourist-packed intersection. When officers arrived, the suspect reportedly did not back down to police officers, which is when the shooting occurred. "When [the suspect] saw the officers, he approached them, and an officer-involved shooting occurred," Detective Meghan Aguilar told ABC 7. Witnesses, according to the LA Times, said that police officers could be heard saying "He's still got a knife" before the shooting occurred.

"When they told him to get down and comply, he did not at all," Bruce Cherry told CBS 2. "When they ran up on him, he stuffed both hands inside of his pockets and that's when... the shots rang out."

The suspect was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but later died of his injuries.

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Later in the night, the LAPD tweeted a photo of the crime scene and the suspect's weapon. In the photo the knife appears to be a small pocketknife.

The LAPD told KTLA there were about 20 protestors at the scene of the shooting last night, chanting "Hands up, I can't breathe." The chant refers to both the Michael Brown and Eric Garner police homicide incidents that have sparked nationwide outrage in recent months.

City News Service says that a protest march is scheduled to happen today at noon, ending at Hollywood and Highland.