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Shooting Sparks Housing Project Riot

August 3, 1991

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Hundreds of residents of a public housing project hurled rocks and bottles at two sheriff’s deputies early Saturday after one of the officers fatally shot a man, police said.

The man had snuck up behind the deputies and hit one of them over the head with a beer bottle while they were questioning another man who threw a bottle at their squad car, Deputy Bill Linnemeyer said.

The man, whose name was not immediately available, then snatched the deputy’s flashlight and raised it to strike the officer again. The deputy’s partner shot him three times in the chest after he refused to drop the flashlight, Linnemeyer said.

About 300 angry residents stormed into the streets, throwing bottles and rocks at the deputies. The deputies called for help, and 75 officers responded. Most residents went home by 7 a.m., Linnemeyer said.

One of the deputies was hospitalized for treatment of a concussion, severe facial lacerations and a broken finger, and the other deputy was not injured, Linnemeyer said. Their names were not released.

Officers remained at the scene Saturday. Linnemeyer didn’t know if any arrests were made.

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