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Alberto Cornelio Morales, 41

Alberto Cornelio Morales, a 41-year-old Latino, was fatally shot by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy on Saturday, Aug. 9, in the 2700 block of Grand Avenue in Walnut Park, according to county coroner’s records.

Shortly after 4 a.m., Morales was sitting on a bus bench when a transit police deputy attempted to contact Morales, who allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot the deputy, wounding him, near the intersection of Pacific Boulevard and Grand Avenue, said Lt. Holly Francisco with the Sheriff’s Department.

Morales fled on foot. Deputies, assisted by search dogs, found Morales three hours later in a trash dumpster the 2700 block of Grand Avenue, a residential street about a block and a half east of the first shooting.

When Morales pulled out a gun, a special enforcement deputy fatally wounded him, Francisco said. Morales was pronounced dead at 7:10 a.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.

The deputy who was shot was treated for a non-life-threatening injury.  Authorities have not yet said why the deputy initially approached Morales.

As with all deputy-involved shootings, the death will be investigated by the Los Angeles County district attorney and the sheriff’s homicide and internal affairs bureaus.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Laura Nelson

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