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Update: Azusa Officer Shoots Fleeing Robbery Suspect

Sheriff's officials say the suspect in a lingerie store robbery reached for his waistband when he turned and faced the officer.

Update: An Azusa police officer conducting a patrol check fatally shot a man suspected of trying to rob an adult store early Monday, the sheriff's department reported.

The shooting occurred outside Red Panty's Lingerie, an adult store inside a strip mall at 530 South Citrus Avenue, near Gladstone Street, about 12:50 a.m., according to a witness at the scene.

According to sheriff's officials, the Azusa officer was flagged down by the shop's store clerk, who said a man had just robbed the store and along with a store customer, pointed out the suspect.

The suspect was detained by the officer at gunpoint, but ran from the officer across Citrus Avenue and was shot once in the chest when he turned around and reached for his waistband, sheriff's officials said.

The store clerk told police that before the shooting the suspect had come into the store, simulated a weapon and demanded money from the cash register, but the suspect ran from the store before getting any money when he saw the police officer's car pull into the parking lot.

Los Angeles County firefighters took the wounded suspect to County-USC Medical Center. where he was pronounced dead, dispatcher supervisor Robert Diaz said.

Neither the name of the suspect nor the Azusa officer who shot and killed the man was available for release, sheriff's Sgt. Pauline Panis said.

A witness told ABC7 that the officer told the suspect to halt and to put his hands in the air "about three times," but the man started away from the officer, then suddenly turned on him, which prompted the officer to fire at him, the witness said.

The shooting was being investigated by the sheriff's homicide bureau and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division shooting team.

Anyone with information was asked to call sheriff's Lt. David Dolson of the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Previous: An Azusa police officer fatally shot a man suspected of robbing, or trying to rob, an adult video store after midnight.

The shooting occurred outside the store in a strip mall at Citrus Avenue and Gladstone Street about 12:50 a.m., according to a photographer at the
scene.

A witness told ABC7 that the officer told the suspect to halt and to put his hands in the air "about three times,'' but the man started away from the officer, then suddenly turned on him. That was when the officer fired at him twice, the witness said, adding that he could not see the man's hands when the officer fired.

Los Angeles County firefighters took the wounded suspect to County-USC Medical Center, said dispatcher supervisor Robert Diaz. At the hospital, he was declared dead, according to sheriff's detectives, who typically investigate officer-involved shootings in some of Los Angeles County's smaller cities.

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