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Robert Thomas, 21
Willowbrook, California
November 08, 2010

Agencies: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department California LASD

Last updated: 7 months ago

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Robert Thomas, a 21-year-old black man, was fatally shot by an L.A. County sheriff's deputy Monday, Nov. 8, in the 1600 block of East 123rd Street in Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Lt. David Dolson said Thomas fled on foot when deputies approached a group of people who were drinking in front of a residence about 10:15 p.m. He described Thomas as a local gang member.

The deputies initially approached the group because people were drinking in the lawn area of a residence, but  they then noticed Thomas acting suspiciously, Dolson said.