Inch by inch, members of sheriff's special enforcement bureau crept closer, hiding behind an armored vehicle, ready to shoot the man in an SUV parked in front of the Temple City Sheriff's Station Monday morning, only to discover he was dead.
The sheriffs department says it all started when the San Gabriel man walked into the station around 7:30 a.m. to register himself as a sex offender.
"That's when they discovered he had a 40 thousand dollar sex crime warrant from the City of LA," said Lt. Joe Mendoza.
When deputies tried arresting the 47-year-old, they say he ran to his SUV, firing off bullets with a shotgun from his seat, at one point even trying to throw on a bullet proof vest.
Those deputies dodged the suspect's bullets. Deputies fired back, and called their special enforcement bureau. A short time later, they confirmed he shot himself but it's unclear if that bullet or a deputy's shot killed him.
The sheriff warned the shooting is a part of growing wave of violence against law enforcement.
This is the third officer involved shooting this morning in the area and so certainly a great cause of concern for everyone in our communities," said L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
Las Tunas Avenue remained closed for several hours, while residents eagerly awaited to go inside the station, to remind deputies how much they mean to them.
"They are like heroes - well they are. So when hearing this, it's like hearing it happened to my own family because they take care of us, they really do," said Jennifer Pedraza.
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