INGLEWOOD, Calif. (FOX 11) - L.A. Sheriff’s homicide deputies are still investigating the shooting and killing of a man inside a patrol car Thursday night in Inglewood.
27-year-old Edtwon Stamps was in the 3700 block of Imperial Highway at about 10:30 Thursday night.
L.A. Sheriff’s deputies say Stamps had a gun and was acting suspiciously. They say he managed to get in the front seat of a patrol car and opened fire and that’s when deputies say they were forced to shoot him.
The deputy’s car has at least seven bullet holes in the front windshield. Stamps was shot multiple times. He was transported to the hospital where he died. No deputies were injured in the incident.
Wanda Pruitt who lives in the area says Stamps was staying at the Encore Inn motel with his mom.
“He wanted to get closer by his job, he drives a bus, so he got a hotel over here and he was staying here,” said Pruitt. “He came out to get something to eat.”
Investigators have not yet released what promoted deputies to confront the man and why he got in the patrol car.
This was the fourth fatality involving local law enforcement Thursday. The others were in Atwater, Willowbrook and San Gabriel.
“We’re tired of the violence,” said local Debra Smith. “People like me who stay out of trouble, who don’t have to have a gun, we’re just fed up. The shooting at the mall, the shooting over here, the shooting over there, it’s just crazy. It’s insane.”