TEMPLE CITY Authorities believe a man who went to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Temple City Station to register as a sex offender exchanged gunfire with deputies early this morning before fatally shooting himself in the station's parking lot. It remains unclear whether the shots were initially fired from inside the vehicle. Investigators believe the man took his own life.
"We see these all too frequently now", said McDonnell.
Temple Station deputies became suspicious of the man's demeanor and watched him as he went to his auto. McDonnell says the man hopped into his SUV and engaged in a gunbattle with deputies from his vehicle.
Two armored SWAT vehicles then entered the parking lot about 1000 hours CST, with one of the vehicles approaching the SUV. According to The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, it appears the suspect died of a probable self-inflicted wound.
His name wasn't immediately released. Inside, the deputies who encountered the man were concerned with his behavior, Katz said. Authorities later confirmed the suspect inside the SUV was dead. Deputies removed a rifle from inside the vehicle.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) Homicide Bureau detectives responded to Temple Sheriff's Station, 8838 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, to investigate the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting early Monday morning.
A sheriff's SWAT team has taken charge of the response. Officials said no deputies were injured during the gunfire. The gunman was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The incident unfolded shortly after 7 a.m.in a parking lot located in the 8800 block of E. Las Tunas Drive.
Nishida says preliminary information indicates there may be a suspect in a parking lot at the station.