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Van Nuys Police Officers fatally shoot man suspected of shooting at cruiser.


VAN NUYS, Calif. — A 45-year-old man was shot dead last night by Los Angeles police officers after their rear patrol car window was allegedly shattered possibly by gunfire, authorities said.

Two LAPD Van Nuys patrol officers were stopped at a red light at Sepulveda and Victory boulevards in their patrol vehicle when they “suddenly heard and saw their rear window shatter,” said Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesman.

The officers then exited their patrol vehicle “and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” he said.

The man, described as in his 30s, was struck by gunfire and died at the scene, Lopez said.

Lopez said no officers were injured and could not say whether or not the man was armed.

City News Service quoted police as saying the window had shattered as a result of gunfire but Lopez said he could not confirm that.

The incident was being investigated by LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, he said.

The man’s name had not been released as of Sunday afternoon pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

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