More details on Altadena deputy-involved shooting, arrest

ALTADENA — Details emerged Friday surrounding a deputy involved shooting, in which no one was injured, and arrest of a man wanted on suspicion of a Covina carjacking.
Kyle Traub, 21, of Altadena was booked on suspicion of carjacking following his 9:20 a.m. arrest Thursday in the 500 block of West Terrace Street in Altadena, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
A deputy fired a single shot at Traub during the arrest, but missed him, before taking Traub into custody without further incident.
The incident began when a deputy spotted a Toyota sedan that had been stolen Tuesday in a carjacking in an unincorporated county area near Covina, sheriff’s Lt. Joseph Dempsey said.
Before deputies could set up a coordinated traffic stop to take the suspected felon into custody, the lieutenant said, “the car pulled over on its own with just one lone deputy behind it.”
“The deputy got out (of his patrol car), the suspect got out (of the Toyota), and at some point, the suspect did something that’s still under investigation that led the deputy to fear for his safety, and he fired one round at the suspect, missing him,” Dempsey said. The bullet struck the ground.
Further details about what action the suspect took that was perceived as a threat by the deputy were not available Friday, however Dempsey said that no weapons were found at the scene.
Dempsey declined to name the involved deputy, but said he has been with the department for well over a decade.
“During an investigation, we don’t identify the deputy,” he said.
Traub allegedly attacked a 33-year-old Covina man Tuesday and stole his car after the victim gave Traub and a female accomplice a ride, officials at the sheriff’s San Dimas Sheriff’s Station said.
Traub and a young woman who’s not been found allegedly approached the victim and asked him for a ride on the second floor of a parking structure outside the West Covina courthouse, officials said.
At Traub’s request, authorities said, the victim took the couple to the Westfield Eastland shopping Center in West Covina before going to Fellowship Church, 18821 East Arrow Highway in an unincorporated county area near Covina, to be dropped off.
It was there that Traub allegedly punched the man and wrestled him from the driver’s seat before Traub and the woman fled in his car, a sergeant at the sheriff’s San Dimas Station said.
The woman was described as white, in her early 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, with curly brown hair, sheriff’s officials said. She wore blue jeans and a white shirt.
Traub was on probation at the time of his arrest after being convicted of possessing drugs for sales in Pomona Superior Court in February of 2008, according to Dempsey and court records.
He was also arrested Monday, the day before the deputy-involved shooting, by deputies from the sheriff’s San Dimas Station on suspicion of being drunk in public, but was released later in the day after posting $250 bail, according to sheriff’s officials and booking records. The case was still pending when Traub was most recently arrested.
While sheriff’s policy generally dictates that deputies involved in shooting a suspect take several days off work, no such policy exists when a deputy-involved shooting does not result in a wounding, Dempsey said.
Sheriff’s investigators, sheriff’s internal affair officials and the County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review are all conducting simultaneous investigations into the shooting, officials said.
Once the investigations are complete, the shooting will be examined by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Traub was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and was due for arraignment Monday in West Covina Superior Court.

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  • Brownie Lofton

    In these days and times of struggles due to economy, unemployment, lack of knowledge no! Let me keep it real ignorance, lifes trials that we have no control over. WHY??? In the world would someone want to add to lifes woes…Brandon didn’t bring grief while in your presence nor did he cause havoc. He was indeed a gentleman, Benita (Brandon’s Mom) well she taught him that. You see I met Benita when we were 8 years old and for the next 40 years she was one of my most dearest and most treasured friend. It would have crushed her to know one of her precious children was gunned down and murdered in cold blood.
    Rest In Peace My Loving Nephew and when I held you in my arms on Saturday Night seconds before your demise had I known that some unloved soul was going to take your life, I would have not let you go.

    Auntie Brownie