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Earl Rhodes, 48
Los Angeles, California
January 24, 2011

Agencies: Los Angeles Police Department California LAPD

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Earl Rhodes, a 48-year-old black man, was shot and killed by police Monday, Jan. 24, in the 900 block of East 107th Street in Green Meadows, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Rhodes was slain after he was initially knocked to the ground with a bean-bag shotgun and struck with a Taser, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.

Two officers in a patrol car had arrived after receiving a call that Rhodes had refused to take medication and was verbally aggressive. Rhodes charged the officers after they tried to speak to him and calm him down, according to the LAPD.

The 240-pound Rhodes allegedly tried to grab the shotgun and a firearm from one of the officers.

"Both officers shot the suspect to stop his attack," the LAPD said in a statement.