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Omar Magana, 34

Omar Magana, a 34-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by Los Angeles Police on Saturday, June 9, in the 1700 block of East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before midnight, gang officers from the Hollenbeck Division arrested Magana on suspicion of robbing a street vendor near North Broadway and Workman Street in Lincoln Heights, according to a news release from the LAPD.  

Magana was taken to the Hollenbeck station, where he suffered a medical emergency, according to the release.

Coroner’s records state that Magana was “faking seizures.” Magana was taken to Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital, police said.

Magana was in a hospital room for a medical exam about 5 a.m., police said, and his handcuffs had been removed. After the exam, officers were attempting to put handcuffs back on Magana when he began fighting with them.

Police said Magana tried to take an officer’s firearm from his holster, which prompted the shooting.

Magana was pronounced dead at 11:44 a.m., according to coroner’s records. No one else was injured.

The officer involved in the shooting was identified as Police Officer Mario Morales, who is assigned to the Hollenbeck Division.

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