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Michael David Lopez, 44

Michael David Lopez, a 44-year-old Latino, was fatally shot by police on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the 2800 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Torrance police spotted Lopez, who was driving a green Ford Ranger and was believed to be under the influence, and tried to pull him over about 2 a.m., according to a news release. Lopez refused to stop, and a chase began, authorities said.

Police twice tried to stop Lopez by hitting the back of his truck in an effort to send it into a spin, a tactic known as a Pursuit Intervention Technique, or a PIT maneuver. The second attempt ended in the 2800 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, where police shot Lopez, the release said.

He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:44 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Torrance Police Detective Division at (310) 618-5570. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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