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Dana Mitchell Young Jr., 47

Dana Mitchell Young Jr., a 47-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by law enforcement Thursday, Oct. 15, near West 108th Street and South Vermont Avenue in Westmont, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.

About 4 a.m., deputies responded to a call of a woman being kidnapped at gunpoint near South Figueroa and West 103rd streets, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said that Young forced a woman into his silver SUV and fled. A friend of the woman followed the vehicle. At one point, the SUV stopped and the driver got out, fired a round at the friend and at a vehicle in the same intersection, then resumed driving, the department said. 

Deputies tracked the SUV to a park-and-ride in the 11600 block of Vermont Avenue and as they approached, the man began driving away. As the SUV began accelerating, the woman escaped out the back door of the vehicle.

The SUV pulled onto Vermont Avenue near 108th Street and collided with a gate at the end of a cul-de-sac, authorities said. 

Young got out of the SUV and began to run east "when a deputy-involved shooting occurred," according to a department statement. The statement did not specify what prompted the shooting. 

Young was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:12 a.m., according to coroner's records. A gun was recovered. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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