NORWALK – Sheriff’s SWAT team members shot and killed a man early Thursday as they arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting earlier this year, authorities said.
The dead man’s name was not released pending positive identification and notification of his family members, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. Sheriff’s officials initially described him as a 39-year-old Norwalk man.
The shooting took place about 4:50a.m. in the 11400 block of Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Diane Hecht said in a written statement.
Investigators had identified Henry Balema, 30, of Norwalk as a suspect in the July 31 shooting death of 31-year-old Rogelio Sanchez, Lt. Matt Burson of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
“(SWAT) deputies were serving an arrest warrant,” the lieutenant said. “They encountered the primary individual and a second person armed with a gun.”
The armed man pointed his weapon at the deputies, at which point they shot him, Burson said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, where a gun was also recovered.
Bahema is suspected of shooting Sanchez twice, killing him, in an alley behind Sanchez’s home in the 11900 block of Pioneer Boulevard, five blocks south of Thursday’s deputy-involved shooting an arrest, investigators said.
Little information has been released about the homicide, which Burson son is believed to be gang-related.
Thursday’s incident was the second deputy-involved shooting in Norwalk in the past three days.
Deputies shot and wounded a man who threatened them with a handgun early Tuesday, sheriff’s officials said.
That shooting occurred about 3:50 a.m. in the 11700 block of Elmcroft Avenue as deputies responded to reports of a man firing a gun in the street, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Pauline Panis.
“Upon arrival, the deputies made contact with the suspect, who was standing in the street holding a handgun in one hand and a bottle of alcohol in the other,” she said. “The suspect appeared agitated and yelled at the deputies, challenging them to kill him. The deputies attempted to talk to the suspect and asked him to drop the handgun.”
The man instead raised his weapon and fired at the deputies, striking a patrol car, officials said. The deputies returned fire, striking the man several times.
The man, whose name has not been released pending booking, was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition, officials said.