Los Angeles, CA – A man armed with a machete was fatally shot by police on Monday as he raised his blade in the air to attack a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer (video below).
The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 25 after a man wielding a machete had just robbed an auto parts store in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"He walks in and goes over to the batteries and he grabs one, then he walks over to the door and he slams it on the ground and pulls out the machete and he threatens and swings it at us," AutoZone employee Juan Chaidez told KTLA. "Then he grabbed the battery and runs away."
Police said the man went from the robbery to a nearby Chick-fil-A restaurant on Sunset Boulevard and carjacked a drive-thru customer in a Lexus, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"As he's running with the machete, he's pretty much got the cops chasing down," witness Clinton Gunnels described the scene to KTLA.
"They kind of gave him a second to surrender, but he high-jacked 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,” Gunnels said.
The carjacking was captured on cell phone video by a witness and showed a man with a long blade forcing himself into a vehicle in the drive-thru lane through the passenger-side door.
The video showed that officers surrounded the black Lexus, which was pulled up at the drive-thru window.
Then all of a sudden, the suspect hit the gas and tried to flee, but the video showed he slammed into two different police vehicles before he got stuck between two police SUVs.
The suspect jumped out of the Lexus and took off running with his machete in his hand and police pursued him.
Another cell phone video captured footage of the machete-wielding man running across the street through traffic with a police officer hot on his heels.
Then the suspect suddenly stopped short and doubled back toward the police officer and started chasing him.
The video showed the officer raised his weapon at the man charging at him and fired, but that didn’t stop the suspect, who was raising his arm above his head with the long knife to attack the officer.
The officer turned and fled from the suspect, running into the street to get away, the video showed.
But then the officer tripped and fell to the pavement and a split-second later, the suspect was looming above him with the machete.
That’s when the video showed other officers opened fire on the suspect before he could bring the machete down on the officer.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and found three people with injuries, including the officer who fell in the street, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries to his arm and knee.
His machete-wielding attacker was taken to the hospital and died, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Traffic was shut down on Sunset Boulevard for the rest of the day while police investigated the complicated incident involving multiple crime scenes.
Police said the officer-involved shooting remains under investigation.
You can see the shooting in the video below. WANRING - Graphic Content: