SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) – A man was shot dead Monday afternoon while meeting the deputies for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's in southern Los Angeles.
The incident happened just after 3 p.m. in the area of Budlong Avenue and 109th Place.
Monday evening, Sheriff's Department Lt. Brandon Dean gave a recap of what investigators had learned so far about the incident:
It started when MPs driving in the area saw a man riding a bicycle and decided to stop him in the 110th and Budlong area for violating the vehicle code.
The man dropped the bike and ran away. The MPs caught up with him on the 109th. At that time, it is said, the man was fighting with the MPs and slapped one of them in the face.
He had some clothes in his hands and dropped them on the floor. The MPs discovered a gun under the clothes he had dropped. At this point the shooting took place.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the man had reached for the gun. Investigators say they need to conduct interviews with MPs to clarify the incident.
"Our suspect was holding some clothes in his hands, slapped one of the officers in the face, and then dropped the items into his hands," said Dean. "MPs noted that there was a black semi-automatic pistol in the clothes he dropped. At that point there was a shootout involving a MP."
The man was hit several times by the gunfire. He died on the scene.
The semi-automatic pistol was recovered from the scene.
Family members identified the man across Eyewitness News as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee.
A woman who said she was his aunt said Dijon's mother recently died. She also said that her nephew had ADHD.
"For the past few weeks I've been telling him to calm down," she said.
Dozens of protesters and local residents gathered near the shooting on Monday evening. Black Lives Matter urged supporters to come forward and protest the law enforcement measures.
The Black Lives Matter LA Twitter account called for "hands on deck" support and asked people to be there.
The Los Angeles County Sheriffs killed a black man … Dijon … on the 109th and Budlong, leaving his body face down in the dirt.
We need all hands on deck.
Please come here asap!
– # BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) September 1, 2020
Unlike the LAPD, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's MPs are currently not equipped with body cameras. The department is expected to begin using body cameras in the fall.
During the contact there was a fight between the suspect and the MPs. The suspect was producing a pistol and a proxy was "hit". The suspect's pistol has been recovered. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
– LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 1, 2020
All agent shootings that result in death are being investigated to determine if the shooting was legally justified. Investigative agencies include the prosecution, coroners, and the internal affairs bureau and the sheriff's inspector general.
The MPs involved are removed from the field for at least five days during such an investigation.
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