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Man shot on Canyon Country street identified

Posted: February 2, 2014 3:08 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2014 3:08 p.m.

A man killed during a deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country Thursday night has been identified as 47-year-old Steven Burke Pettersen of Canyon Country, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

On Sunday, Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner’s office identified Pettersen as the man who was shot and killed Thursday night. He died at 8:32 p.m., Corral said.

An official cause and manner of Pettersen’s death is yet to be determined, he said.

Pettersen was shot multiple times in the upper torso by deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station after reportedly moving toward them with a knife in his hand, according to an incident report released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began at approximately 8:25 p.m. Thursday when patrol deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were flagged down and received reports of a man in the area of Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive who was “running in and out of traffic, holding a spear and waving it at passersby on the road,” according to the incident report.

Sheriff’s deputies later located Pettersen - at that point unidentified - standing near the intersection “holding a metal spear and behaving strangely,” according to the report.

At some point during this exchange the first deputy-involved shooting occurred. According to the Sheriff’s Department report, the man appeared unscathed and continued acting erratically.

The deputies then moved back toward their vehicle, at which point the man, a knife now in hand, advanced on them, according to the report.

The suspect was then fired upon and struck multiple times in the upper torso, according to the report.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and both the weapons were recovered.

No deputies were injured in the incident.


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