“He was in possession of a firearm and attacked a proxy,” said Dean.
Family members at the scene identified the dead person as Dijon Kizzee, 29, CBS-Los Angeles reported, but the sheriff’s department said they could not immediately confirm his identity.
Police say the gun was recovered and no MPs were injured. TV news helicopters showed a gun near the body.
Protesters gathered and more than 100 people marched to a sheriff’s station. Some sang “Say His Name” and “No Justice, No Peace,” the Times reported.
Arlander Givens, 68, who lives in the neighborhood, asked why MPs fired at a man who, according to the sheriff̵
“If he reached down to grab it, it is different,” Givens told the Times. “But if it’s on the ground, why shoot? That is, he was unarmed. “
Dean said at a press conference Monday afternoon that investigators had not yet interviewed witnesses or checked surveillance or cell phone videos.
“Give us time to conduct our investigation,” he said. “We will find out all the facts about this case and finally present them.”
The sheriff’s department said several independent investigations were commencing on the spot.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday to fund a body-worn camera program for the sheriff’s department. Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been arguing with superiors over the past few months, repeatedly asking them to approve the money for the body cameras.