LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – A robbery suspect armed with a machete was shot and killed by police in Hollywood Monday after he carjacked a vehicle then crashed into two police cruisers, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The incident began around 11:30 a.m., when police said they received a call about the machete-wielding man robbing an auto parts store in the area of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
The man then walked over to the nearby Chick-fil-A, began threatening customers and carjacked a male driver in the drive-thru, witnesses said.
“As he’s running with the machete, he’s pretty much got the cops chasing down,” said Clinton Gunnels, who witnessed the incident. “They kind of gave him a second to surrender, but he highjacked a car and then the driver hops out of the car, and that’s when he hopped over to the driver’s seat and that’s when he drove off.”
A witness video shows the man driving away in the customer’s black car, stopping a short distance from the drive-thru and crashing into two LAPD cruisers. The footage then shows the armed man exiting the car with the machete and running away from officers.
The unidentified man was shot by officers a few moments later. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
An LAPD officer was injured while chasing the armed man, officials said. They did not describe the injury, saying only that the officer had not been shot.
The shooting remains under investigation, and LAPD has released few details about the incident.
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