Downey PD shoot, kill man allegedly lighting fireworks in backyard

A man was shot to death in an officer-involved shooting in Downey, authorities said Sunday.

Officers were dispatched about 6:15 p.m. Saturday to a call of a disturbance in the 7100 block of Stewart and Gray Road, the Downey Police Department reported.

"Officers arrived on scene and during their investigation, an officer-involved shooting occurred," according to a police statement.  "A male subject was shot and died from his injuries."

No officers were hurt and no other injuries were reported.

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Witnesses said the man, who allegedly has mental health issues, was lighting fireworks in the backyard and got into an argument with a neighbor before being fatally shot by a responding officer.

Downey police reported that the California Department of Justice was handling the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the incident was urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or go directly to