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  • April 4, 2014

Jairo Armando Pedraza, 24

Jairo Armando Pedraza, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by Los Angeles police officers Friday, April 4, in the 6400 block of Olcott Street in Tujunga, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 4 p.m. Foothill Division officers responded to a call of a man who was attempting to kill himself with a knife, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

When officers arrived, they encountered a man, later identified as Pedraza, armed with a knife, according to the release.

Officers tried to subdue Pedraza and used a “department approved Taser.”

“The suspect appeared unaffected by the Taser and ran to a nearby backyard where he confronted officers with a knife, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred," according to the release.

Paramedics responded and pronounced Pedraza dead at 4:38 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

The department identified the officers involved as Oscar Martin and Jacob Wood.

The Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division is handling the investigation.

Anyone with information can call the division at (213) 486-5230. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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