H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Dec 23, 2012 7:55 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

LA deputies fatally shoot armed car theft suspect

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have shot and killed a suspected car thief who barricaded himself in a suburban garage for roughly six hours.

The sheriff's department says the incident started around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when Whitter police officers tried to stop a stolen car and were shot at.

Nearby deputies responded to help Whittier police with the search for the suspects, which led to a garage. At least one shot was fired at deputies from the garage.

Authorities evacuated neighboring homes as deputies surrounded the garage. Around 4:30 a.m., a woman exited and surrendered.

Shortly before 7 a.m., an armed man came out of the garage and was fatally shot by deputies.

The incident will be investigated by the district attorney's office.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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