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A man armed with an ax dies after being shot by deputies in Compton, authorities say

A man reportedly wielding an ax was shot by deputies earlier this afternoon.

In Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to a shopping center near Alameda and Artesia Boulevard just at 12 30 this Thursday afternoon, regarding a call about a person with a knife.


Upon their arrival, a victim told deputies the suspect had attacked him with a hatchet.

"As deputies observed the suspect approaching one of the shopping stores still with the hatchet in hand, a deputy-involved shooting occurred," read a statement issued by the sheriff's department.

Deputies confronted the suspect. He was struck by gunfire then he was forwarded to a local hospital where he later died.


The suspect's identity was not released by the sheriff's department and was described only as a Hispanic man between 45 and 50 years old.

No deputies were injured during the shooting. The incident remains under investigation.

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