A Latino man in his 30s died of multiple gunshot wounds early Friday morning after engaging Glendale police in a gun battle near Cerritos Elementary School.
No officers were injured during the battle, which started at 2:30 a.m. at San Fernando Road and Glendale Avenue. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Right now, we are trying to determine why at 2:30 this morning he was wandering the streets and firing his weapon before the police arrived, and why then, when the police arrived, he literally attacked the officers,” police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Two Glendale police officers responded to the area near Cerritos Elementary School and Forest Lawn Memorial Park at about 2:30 a.m. after receiving reports of shots fired.
They didn’t see anyone, but did hear a gunshot, Lorenz said.
When they continued south on San Fernando, they saw the gunman walking toward them.
“They tell him to ‘Stop. Put your hands up,’ and all of sudden, he whips out a gun and starts shooting at the officers,” Lorenz said.