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Alex Flores, 34

Alex Flores, a 34-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday, Nov. 19, near South Central Avenue and East 28th Street in Historic South-Central, according to Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s records.

About 8 a.m., a person in the area flagged down a Los Angeles police sergeant regarding a man walking north on South Central Avenue with a knife, according to police.

The sergeant found the man near South Central Avenue and East 28th Street and called for additional officers. 

Officers told Flores, who was facing them with a knife, to drop the weapon repeatedly.

One officer yelled, “Don’t come at me,” at Flores several times. Flores ran toward the officer, who began shooting, according to a critical incident video released by the LAPD that showed body camera footage.

Police said there were other officers who were wearing body cameras during the incident, but only one camera captured the shooting.

A 7-inch kitchen knife was found at the scene.

Normally the department releases critical incident videos within 45 days, but released this video early because of “significant community concerns,” a spokesman for the department said in the video.

Amanda Flores, Alex’s sister, said she’s been trying to obtain additional information about her brother’s shooting from police but has been met with silence. She protested outside the police station in the wake of the shooting.

Flores said her brother was “a good distance away” from officers and questioned the need to shoot him multiple times.

“Why did they shoot him so many times and kill him when they could have just shot him in the leg?” she asked.

Three days before the shooting, she noticed her brother was acting strange. Alex lived at his mother’s house, and when his sister came to visit, she said her brother seemed paranoid.

It’s unclear what issues Alex was experiencing, his sister said. Amanda Flores described her brother as a homebody who helped his mother around the house.

Alex was set to start a new job in December with a truck company.

“We want justice, we want answers, we want to know what happened,” she said.

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