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Bodycam released of man charging LAPD officers with a machete

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Salvador Hernandez

Los Angeles Times

A man was shot and killed by police Wednesday morning in Lake Balboa after officers responded to a call about a man allegedly armed with a machete, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police received the call about the armed man in the 17400 block of Sherman Way about 7 a.m., LAPD Officer Tony Im said.

The man refused to comply with officers’ orders to drop the machete, police said. He walked toward an officer with the weapon in his hand, according to police, and at least one officer opened fire.

The man, in his 20s, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The suspect was later identified as 24-year-old Christian Arriola Gomez, a resident of Los Angeles, according to KTLA.

LAPD released the following statement:

“LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division. 

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. 

Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation, evidence collected, and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer was reasonable.”

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