Updated: 2/3/12 at 6:30 p.m. The 68-year-old man shot dead by deputies Wednesday night is Donald Handy, according to his live-in girlfriend of eight years, Phyllis Pearson, 49.
LANCASTER – A 68-year-old White man wielding a sword was shot and killed by deputies Wednesday night in Lancaster, according to Lieutenant Mary Leef of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
Leef said the incident occurred around 9 p.m. at the 44000 block of Spearman Avenue. The Sheriff’s Department’s Operation Safe Streets Bureau were at the location assisting Lancaster Station personnel with serving a narcotics search warrant at the man’s home, Leef said.
“Upon entering into the residence, a 68-year-old male white suspect suddenly exited a bedroom armed with a four-foot sword and raised it toward a deputy that was nearby,” Leef said. “A deputy-involved shooting occurred at that time and the suspect was shot multiple times and transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
Leef said the sword was recovered from the scene and evidence consistent with the sale of the narcotics was also discovered at the location.
Leef said the 68-year-old man that was shot dead was the subject of the narcotics warrant.
Three other individuals were at the home during the time of the shooting, but were not arrested, said Lt. Leef.
Authorities have not yet released the man’s name. No deputies were injured in the incident.
Whenever a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, and it results in a fatality, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene.
These include separate investigations by the Office of the Los Angeles District Attorney and the Los Angeles County Coroner, as well as investigations by Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau.
Attorneys with the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also respond to the scene, and have full access to the facts known to the Sheriff’s Department throughout every phase of these investigations. Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.