Los Angeles County private investigators on Monday said deputies shot and killed a guy who was advancing towards them with a machete after holding the weapon to a lady’s throat.
The shooting unfolded in Whittier– about 20 miles east of Los Angles– after a caller reported a male banging and shouting on a neighbor’s door while holding the knife, according to the sheriff’s department.
Responding deputies stated they found the suspect inside the house. Member of the family determined him as 37- year-old Antonio “Tonito” Vasquez, who they said had a history of mental disorder.
A mental assessment team with the constable’s department initially spoke to the suspect and identified he was no longer a hazard, Fox 11 reported Deputies and the mental health group identified he had actually dedicated no crime and left the scene.
However, police got another 911 call 30 minutes later on. The caller apparently informed cops that Vasquez stated he desired officers to shoot him.
Responding deputies found the suspect in the garage, holding the knife to a female’s throat, Fox 11 reported. He allegedly advanced towards them and they ordered him to drop the weapon, the station added. LASD stated 3 of the 4 deputies opened fire. Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Constable’s Lt. Derrick Alfred told KABC ” there was no time at that point for a psychological evaluation group. Action had actually to be taken.”
The three deputies were put on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Neither the deputies nor the female was hurt in the occurrence.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.