Transient Killed by Deputies Identified

NBCLA | October 13, 2013

A transient shot dead after he allegedly approached Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies with a raised stick was identified by the coroner’s office today.

Deputies encountered Darrell Atkinson, 49, at 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Cadillac Avenue, according to Deputy Mark Pope of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

“Investigators have learned that deputies from the Transit Services Bureau came in contact with a man believed to be a transient. The suspect suddenly armed himself with a wooden stick,” Pope said.

“He advanced toward the deputies with the wooden stick overhead. A deputy-involved shooting occurred and the suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

Civil rights activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson questioned whether “a stick was a lethal weapon.”

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Transient-Killed-by-Deputies-Identified-227552501.html

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