LAPD shoots, kills man in 3rd fatal shooting in a week

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police shot and killed a man who was painstakingly armed with a knife Thursday evening, marking the third fatal police shooting in a week for the department.

Few details have been released in each of the shootings this week. Last year, Los Angeles Police Department officers shot and killed 18 people — a major increase from the seven fatal police shootings in 2020, after a 30-year low in 2019.

Thursday marked the eighth fatal shooting by Los Angeles officers so far this year, out of 12 total shootings in which someone was struck by bullets. There have been five police shootings in 2022 in which no one was hit.

Officers responded to the Sawtelle neighborhood around 5 pm following a radio call of a man with a knife, the LAPD said on Twitter.

The man holding the knife painstakingly charged at an officer as he got out of his vehicle, authorities said. Police opened fire and the man was hit.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died there, police said. The man was not identified.

Investigators recovered the knife at the scene, the department said. The officer was injured when he fell during the incident.

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