D. Martinez / SFVS

There is no altar or memorial of any kind at San Fernando Road and Hubbard Street, the location where a man was shot and killed Monday, Jan 11,  in an officer involved shooting.    

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting by San Fernando police of a man who according to police, reversed his vehicle into a squad car and then fled the scene,  colliding with another car and then crashed into a signal pole.

 San Fernando Police Chief Anthony Vairo told the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol that the man was not a local resident. The absence of any article at the scene of such a major incident is unusual in a city where altars are often erected at the scene of tragedies, which is causing many to wonder more about the background of the man whose life ended in this small community.  The question that many are asking is, “Who was this man and what caused him to act erratically?”    

The incident began about noon Monday near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Hubbard Avenue, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Lisa Jansen.

According to the Sheriff’s department, two San Fernando police officers were in their marked patrol car, waiting at a red light on Hubbard Street when the man in front of them suddenly put his car into reverse and slammed into the squad car.

The suspect’s car then fled the scene with the damaged police car in pursuit, Jansen said. A few blocks away, the driver crashed into a second car and then a signal pole at San Fernando Road at Hubbard Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

An officer  involved shooting then occurred, according to Jansen. The department declined to say what precipitated the police shooting. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released his name but described him as being in his 50’s.

One other person who was in the car was apparently taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

San Fernando police brought in sheriff’s homicide detectives to investigate the killing of the man, who was shot by their officers. Eyewitnesses were taken to San Fernando Police Station to  give their accounts.    Anyone with information on this shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. All tips can be made anonymously.