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Police: Rifle-Wielding Suspect Fatally Shot In NoHo

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Authorities say a rifle-wielding suspect has been fatally shot by police in North Hollywood.

Los Angeles police Capt. Peter Whittingham says authorities received several calls about 5 a.m. Sunday reporting that a man was shooting into the air at Vineland Avenue and Valerio Street. Upon arrival, they confronted the suspect.

"The individual had his hands behind his back," he said. "The officer told him to show his hands. He did and, in the process, pointed a weapon, which is a rifle, at the officer, and an OIS occurred."

The suspect, who was shot multiple times, was transported to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he was declared dead.

The deceased was identified Sunday afternoon as Julio Sandoval. His family said he was the one who made the 911 call.

Some neighbors told KCAL9's Joy Benedict that Sandoval was not holding a weapon at the time he was shot. Some family told her Sandoval only had a BB gun.

They also told her the father of two was recently distraught over a failing business and tough financial times.

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