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Roberto Rodriguez, 32
El Sereno, California
December 17, 2011

Agencies: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department California LASD

Last updated: 7 months ago

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Roberto Rodriguez, a 32-year-old Latino, was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy Saturday, Dec. 17, in the 400 block of Solano Avenue in Elysian Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

The shooting occurred shortly before 5 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene of a house fire and were fired upon by Rodriguez, authorities say.

They flagged down a passing transit services sheriff's deputy returning to his Metrolink office, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy shot Rodriguez, Whitmore said, and he died half an hour later at a hospital.

Whitmore said later that Rodriguez hadn't fired at anyone, but was brandishing a gun at firefighters and later pointed it at the deputy and ignored repeated commands to drop the weapon.

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