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Kenneth Gomez, 27
Temple City, California
March 07, 2012

Agencies: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department California LASD | Temple Sheriff's Station California

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Kenneth Gomez, a 27-year-old Latino, died Wednesday, March 7, two days after he was shot by police near Arden Drive and Freer Street in Temple City, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

The shooting occurred late Monday night when police pursued Gomez, who they said had been seen "tampering" with and "unloading" a U-Haul truck in El Monte. The pursuit continued until Gomez was trapped by authorities on a cul-de-sac.

After letting passenger Dennis Day, 20, out of the truck, Gomez drove at "a high rate of speed" at the officer who had initiated the pursuit.

"He came close to striking the initial pursuing officer," Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide bureau said. "That caused officers to fire rounds, fearing for their safety."