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Rigoberto Arceo, 34

Rigoberto Arceo, a 34-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Cudahy on Saturday May 11, according to authorities.

Arceo, a biomedical technician at St. Francis Medical Center, was shot after exiting a van he was riding in with his sister. L.A. County Sheriff’s Department had come to the area after getting a report a fight involving a man with a gun.

According to the sheriff's account, Arceo exited the vehicle at Walnut Street and Otis Avenue, advanced on the deputy and attempted to take the deputy’s gun. The deputy fired a single shot, striking Arceo in the upper torso.

Maria Arceo, was in the driver's seat and said she saw her brother exit the van and walk toward the rear of the van with his hands up. She heard a gunshot, then saw her brother disappear from the window where she’d been watching.

“His hands were in the air the entire time,” she said.

An attorney for the Arceo family has asked for a federal inquiry into the shooting.

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-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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