A man was shot and killed on Wednesday morning at the Ronald Reagan state office building in downtown Los Angeles after he appears to have attempted an attack.
The man followed an employee into the building shortly after 6:00 a.m. PST, concealing his hands in a paper bag reported California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer Sgt. Saul Gomez according to the LA Times. The man shouted at the security checkpoint employees to “get down on the floor,” and although investigators have not yet determined whether the man had a weapon on his person, “He was taking an aggressive shooting stance,” Gomez said.
The building employees laid on the ground and covered their heads while the CHP officer on duty called the police station for backup. The officer shot the man three times and contacted the station to report a “suspect down,” said CHP Officer Peter Nicholson.
Officials have not identified the man but believe he is in his 40s and said that he was not an employee in the building. They did release the coroner’s announcement that the victim was declared dead at the scene of the crime.
The highway patrol officer who allegedly shot the man sustained no injuries according to CHP Officer Chris Baldonado.
The street in front of the building has been closed, reported the LA Police Department.
Other information about the crime has yet to be released.
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