A man shot and wounded by El Monte police in Temple City earlier this week has died, authorities said Thursday.
The 27-year-old El Monte man’s name was not released pending confirmation that his next of kin had been notified, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
Family members identified him as Kenny Gomez.
He was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to his upper body, officials said.
The shooting took place just after 11 p.m. at Freer Street and Arden Drive in Temple City, after El Monte police officers pursued the dead suspect and a second man — later identified as 20-year-old Dennis Day — from the 11300 block of Frankmont Street in El Monte, according to Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. The men had allegedly been stripping parts from a U-Haul truck.
When the chase reached a cul-de-sac on Freer Street, Day exited the fleeing truck and was arrested without further incident, Hernandez said.
The driver, however, gunned the engine of the truck and charged toward a police officer, Hernandez said. The police officers then opened fire.
The wounded man was hospitalized until he succumbed to his injuries Wednesday, officials said.
Hernandez said that each of the three officers involved in the shooting fired multiple rounds, and the suspect was struck multiple times in his upper torso, however further details were unavailable.
An autopsy had yet to be performed on the body Thursday, Harvey said, and a security hold requested by homicide investigators bars coroner’s officials from discussing the details of the case.
According to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials, Day pleaded not guilty Wednesday in El Monte Superior Court and was due back for a preliminary hearing setting March 14.