SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A Black man who dropped a handgun was shot and killed in an encounter with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies Monday afternoon — after they tried to stop him for riding a bicycle in an unlawful manner, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.
It began when deputies who were driving in the area saw a man riding a bicycle and decided to pull him over for a vehicle code violation in the area of 110th and Budlong.
The man got off his bike and started to run northbound on Budlong Avenue towards 109th Place, according to sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean.
The deputies briefly lost sight of the man and then found him near the 1200 block of West 109th Place.
Deputies again tried to make contact with the man, and Dean said he punched a deputy in the face. He had been carrying some clothing in his hands and he dropped it to the ground. The deputies spotted a handgun among the items — at which point both deputies opened fire striking the man several times, Dean said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the handgun was recovered and no deputies were injured.
Family members at the scene identified the dead man as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee.
Unlike the LAPD, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are not equipped with body cameras at this time. The department is expected to start deploying body cameras later this fall.
Investigators say they have to conduct interviews with the deputies to clarify the incident.