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Eduardo Tomas Fernandez, 25

Eduardo Fernandez, a 25-year-old Latino, was killed by police officers Friday, Jan. 27, in the 2900 block of West Main Street in Alhambra, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Alhambra police officers were called about 7:25 p.m. Fernandez’s mother told 911 that Fernandez was fighting with his parents and possibly had a gun, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch. 

As the officers drove to the residence, they heard gunfire, Jauch said. Fernandez was firing a gun outside the house, Jauch said, “but we believe he was firing into the air; nobody was hit.”

When the officers arrived, Fernandez fired at the officers, Jauch said. Two officers shot back, striking Fernandez multiple times.

Fernandez was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds, according to coroner’s records. No one else was injured.

Investigators found a shotgun and a revolver beside Fernandez after he fell, Jauch said.  

In an interview that night with KTLA-5 News, Fernandez’s mother, Lisa Hernandez, said her son was a Marine stationed at Okinawa and Twentynine Palms. She said he began acting erratically that evening and pulled out a gun, prompting them to call the police. 

“This isn’t the first time he’s pulled a gun on us, but he’s our son,” Hernandez said, “and being an adult with mental illness, there’s nothing a parent can do.”

Fernandez had not been diagnosed with mental illness, his mother said, but she believes he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of his military service. 

“He just hasn’t been the same,” she said. “My son didn’t come back the same.” 

Jauch said he couldn’t comment on Fernandez’ motive, mental status or military service. Was Fernandez trying to get officers to shoot him?  "Unfortunately," Jauch said, "we'll never know if this was suicide by cop."

The police officers were wearing body cameras, Jauch said, and the footage will be reviewed during the investigation into the shooting. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau investigates officer-involved shootings for Alhambra. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the 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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