Police in California say they shot and killed a man who they believed to be armed with what they believed were guns in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police say the man, identified as 35-year-old Carlos Ebraneda, was killed after he attacked a female police officer at a gas station in the city of Los Angeles.
He was identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as the same man who was involved in an incident with police in December in which he allegedly brandished a gun at officers.
A police statement released on Sunday said the officer was on her way to help a woman who had fallen into a gas tank after an accident.
“Officers encountered Ebrano after they were called to the station after reports of an armed man threatening a woman, a male, who was not responding to police commands,” the statement said.
The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, was taken to a local hospital where she later died.
Officers found a man inside a gas-station parking lot, who they later determined to be Ebranneda.
In the statement, LAPD Lt.
Michael Jurgensen said the shooting was justified and that Ebrana was unarmed.
“This individual, when he was confronted by the officer, posed a threat to the officers safety,” Jurgenson said.
“The officer used deadly force to terminate this threat.”
A lawyer for Ebrankeda’s family said on Monday they were disappointed in the police account and had requested an outside investigation.
An attorney for Ebrenda’s father, Sergio Ebranca, said his family is not satisfied with the results of the police investigation and will not take the matter further.
Ebrenda, a native of Argentina, had been in custody since December, when an officer fatally shot him.
On Wednesday, the city’s chief coroner said he believed Ebranega had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
His death marks the second time in just over a year that an officer has been killed by a gun while on duty.
Earlier this month, a Los Angeles police officer was shot dead after a man opened fire on officers responding to a domestic dispute.