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  • Feb. 1, 2012

Donald Handy, 68

Donald Handy, a 68-year-old white man, was shot and killed by a deputy Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the 44900 block of Spearman Avenue in Lancaster, according to L.A. County coroner's records.

Deputies went to a home to serve a narcotics search warrant at 9:30 p.m. when Handy suddenly came out of a bedroom holding a 4-foot sword, said Lt. Mary Leef of the Sheriff's Department.

Handy raised the sword at a deputy, who then fired multiple shots at him.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital, Leef said. Coroner’s records show Handy died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Three other people in the home were detained without incident.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Dalina Castellanos

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