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Albert Garcia, 58

Albert Garcia, a 58-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police officers Sunday, Oct. 8, in the 100 block of Harding Avenue in San Fernando, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records. 

San Fernando police officers were called to Garcia's apartment about 11 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing a woman screaming from inside the apartment, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza, whose Homicide Bureau team is investigating the shooting. 

When the officers arrived, they tried to contact the people inside, but Garcia refused to open the door, Mendoza said. 

The officers forced their way inside the apartment to check on the woman's safety and encountered Garcia, who was armed with a large kitchen knife, according to Mendoza. 

"They attempted to spray him with OC [pepper spray] to get him to comply," Mendoza said, then officers fired their weapons. 

Three officers fired at Garcia, who was struck in the body, Mendoza said.

Garcia was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:59 a.m. The cause of death has not been released because investigators have put a security hold on the autopsy results until the investigation is completed, Mendoza said.

None of the officers was injured. A 55-year-old Latina who also lived in the apartment was treated for minor injuries from an assault by Garcia, Mendoza said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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