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STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — A single bouquet of flowers now lay outside Union Bank on busy Ventura Boulevard.
Yesterday a man was killed during an officer-involved shooting with police. Some of it was captured on cell phone video.
After the shooting came the bomb squad and robot-when it was believed the man may have had explosive materials with him before he went down.
Chaos erupted along the busy stretch of Ventura Boulevard about 3:20 p.m., when police received reports of a man with a gun near Vantage Avenue. Terrified witnesses peered out of store windows and from behind cars as police fired on the man, who died at the scene.
But the drama continued even after the gunfire stopped. Helmet-clad police officers swarmed the scene. Rumors swirled that the man had robbed a bank. (That was not the case, authorities said.) Buildings were evacuated as an LAPD robot examined at least two items near the man's body that police feared were explosive.
Aguilar said the LAPD's bomb squad detonated an object near the man's body that “appeared to be explosive in nature” but wasn't. She said the bomb squad also examined the man for any possible explosives before officers approached and confirmed he was dead.
It appears to be the classic suicide by cop. Another twisted brain that can't function but can't stop.
My prayers to all involved.