16-year-old allegedly armed with gun killed in Westmont deputy-involved shooting

A 16-year-old boy was shot to death in one of two deputy-involved shootings in the Southland in less than than four hours, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Monday.

The boy was killed in a deputy-involved shooting at 8:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of West 107th Street in Westmont abutting South Los Angeles, said Deputy Wally Bracks of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

Deputies were called to the area because a young man was reported pointing a handgun at a motorist, she said. Arriving deputies saw he had a handgun tucked into his waistband.

The suspect ran from deputies, who pursued him on foot. During the chase, the boy turned toward the deputies and they fired at him, Bracks said.

"The subject was struck several times in the upper body by gunfire and collapsed at the location,'' she said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The department also reported a deputy-involved shooting in Artesia, which occurred at Horst Avenue and Artesia Boulevard at 12:08 a.m. Monday.

Information on the suspect's status was not immediately reported.

No deputies were injured in either incident. Sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating both shootings, according to the department.

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