Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metropolitan Division, recently deployed to the city’s most violent areas, shot a man armed with a gun on a roof in South L.A., authorities said.
Officers with the LAPD’s crime suppression detail were patrolling in the 5800 block of Broadway before midnight Tuesday night when they tried to stop a pedestrian, said Officer Liliana Preciado.
The officers are part of a select unit within the LAPD that Chief Charlie Beck recently deployed to try to suppress an increase in violent crime.
When they tried to stop the pedestrian, a man in his 20s, about 11:50 p.m., he ran, Preciado said. Police officials did not immediately say why officers had tried to stop him.
Officers briefly lost sight of the man but spotted him again moments later on a second-story roof pointing a gun at them, Preciado said.
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