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Fidel Jimmy Barrios, 33

Fidel Jimmy Barrios, a 33-year-old Latino, died on Saturday, Dec. 17, after he was shot by deputies in the 900 block of La Verne Avenue in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to Barrios’ residence about 1:05 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about a gunshot victim, said Lt. Steve Jauch. 

Deputies entered the duplex where Barrios lived after people who had gathered outside told deputies that someone inside had been shot, Jauch said.

Deputies found Barrios sitting in a chair in his bedroom, bleeding from the face, Jauch said. 

A shotgun was at Barrios’ feet, Jauch said.

“The deputies told him not to move, but he reached for the gun and that’s when the shooting occurred," Jauch said.

Two deputies fired multiple shots at Barrios, Jauch said.

Barrios was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Investigators later discovered evidence that someone had shot into Barrios’ room through a window shortly after 1 a.m., Jauch said.

“There were bullet strikes on the wall that corresponded with that angle of fire," Jauch said.

No one reported seeing that shooting or the shooter. 

It’s not clear if Barrios was in bed at the time of the first shooting, Jauch said, and investigators aren’t sure if he had already been struck by gunfire by the time deputies arrived.

Investigators hope the autopsy will explain why Barrios was bleeding when the deputies arrived, Jauch 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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