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Red Panty’s Lingerie in Azusa robbed; Suspect shot, dies after confrontation with law enforcement

Updated/Corrected
September 6
11:05 a.m.

Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing to assist Azusa Police Department personnel in their investigation into the circumstances surrounding an officer involved shooting that occurred on Monday, September 3, 2012, in the 500 block of South Citrus Avenue, Azusa.

Detectives have learned that after an Azusa police officer conducted a patrol check of the 24 hour business, “Red Panty’s Lingerie,” he was flagged down by the store clerk and a customer of the business and told that it was just robbed. They pointed out the suspect to the officer. The officer quickly detained the suspect at gunpoint.

The suspect was uncooperative and ran across Citrus Avenue. The officer followed the suspect and saw the suspect reached into his waistband. The officer fired, striking the suspect once in the upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The officer was not injured.

Prior to the incident, the suspect entered the store, simulated a weapon and demanded cash register money from the clerk. The robbery was foiled when the suspect saw the police officer pull into the parking lot. The suspect left the location without money and that is when the clerk and the customer flagged down the police officer.

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