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Man fatally shot after ordering California workers to ground

Posted September 6

— A man with a bag over his hands followed an employee into a state office building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, took "an aggressive shooting stance" and ordered workers to the ground before an officer fatally shot him, authorities said.

The Ronald Reagan State Office Building, which houses a California appeals court, the state insurance department and several other state offices, was not open to the public when the shooting happened around 6 a.m.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Saul Gomez said "the suspect took an aggressive shooting stance and was telling people to get down on the floor."

The employees began to get on the ground when a CHP officer, who was guarding the building, confronted the suspect. Three shots were fired.

The man, who is in his 40s, was shot and killed, Gomez said. No one else was injured, and it wasn't clear if the man had a weapon, authorities said.

The suspect was not an employee at the building and it wasn't clear if he had previously worked there or had any other connection, Gomez said.

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