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Matthew Thomas Quinn, 45

Matthew Thomas Quinn, a 45-year-old white man, was fatally shot  by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Thursday, Feb. 11, in the 2800 block of La Vida Drive in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Deputies were called to the neighborhood at 6:48 p.m. after receiving reports that a man was threatening his neighbor with an ax. 

The man, later identified as Quinn, got into an argument with one of his neighbors and swung an ax at him, threatening to kill him, according to a department news release. 

When deputies arrived, Quinn was standing on his front lawn holding an ax that was about 4 feet long, according to the news release. The deputies ordered him to drop the ax, but he refused and started to walk toward them, according to the release. 

One of the deputies fired several rounds at Quinn from a stun bag shotgun, but it had no effect, investigators reported.

Quinn continued to walk toward the deputies with the ax partly raised above his head, and the deputies opened fire. 

Quinn was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:21 p.m., according to coroner’s records. No other injuries were reported. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

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