Armed man shot and killed by police at El Monte bus station

Police shot and killed a man at an El Monte Metro station on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Authorities said officers fired on the man when he took out a handgun. (Photo by Jonah Valdez, San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Southern California News Group)
By JONAH VALDEZ | | San Gabriel Valley Tribune
PUBLISHED: October 12, 2019 at 5:38 pm | UPDATED: October 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm
El Monte police shot and killed an armed suspect at an El Monte bus station on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 2:45 p.m. in the 3500 block of Santa Anita Avenue at a Metro bus station, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Edmo Luna.

El Monte police officers received a call about shots fired at the station. When officers arrived, they found a man suspected to be the shooter.

The suspect began to run away, and as officers made chase, the man took out a handgun, authorities said. At that point, police shot at the man, wounding the suspect. He died later at the scene.

Authorities did not immediately release the identity of the man.

It was unclear whether the suspect fired at police or how many shots officers fired, though witnesses who were at the station recalled hearing seven to eight shots.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives were assisting El Monte Police with the shooting investigation.

No other injuries were reported.

Officials closed the Metro station for the remainder of the day and into the evening, rerouting would-be riders to other bus routes.

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