SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Newly-released body camera video shows the moments leading up to a deadly deputy-involved shooting in Santa Clarita's Valencia neighborhood back in January.
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The shooting happened Jan. 12 around 10:44 p.m. at the Westfield Valencia Town Center located in the 24000 block of Valencia Boulevard.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, sheriff's deputies responded to a store in the Westfield shopping mall after a security guard reported an "aggressive" trespasser. At the scene, deputies encountered the man and that's when a deputy was allegedly punched and repeatedly hit in the face, leading to the shooting of the suspect, later identified as 50-year-old Christopher Lee Mercurio.
Security video shows the way Mercurio continued to move toward the deputy even as her warnings became urgent.
Mercurio died at a hospital.
The deputy was also taken to the hospital for treatment of head injuries and has since been released.
The investigation remains ongoing.