Anthony Daniel Vargas, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on Sunday, Aug. 12, in the 4900 block of East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A man reported around 2 a.m. that his watch had been stolen by three Latinos in their 30s, one with a gun tucked in his waistband, on North Mednik Avenue near the Nueva Maravilla Housing Community.
Deputies tried to detain Vargas while searching for the robbery suspects in the 504-unit housing complex, according to Lt. Derrick Alfred. Vargas ran and hid from deputies, ignored their orders and resisted their attempts to handcuff him before he pulled a gun from his waistband, Alfred said.
“They engage in a violent struggle, and when [the deputies] are reaching around to get hold of his hands, one feels a gun ...