Man accused of carrying an ax through Compton mall shot dead by LA county deputy

A man accused of carrying an ax through a Compton mall was shot dead by a Los Angeles County deputy.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call in the 2000 block of Santa Fe Avenue around 12:15 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, deputies were told that a man, possibly in his late 40s or early 50s, had attacked another man with an axe.

Deputies eventually found the suspect near the square in downtown Compton. One of the deputies spotted the alleged ax-carrying man walking towards one of the stores in the area, LASD said.

The dramatic encounter between the deputy and the alleged ax wielder ended with the suspect being shot dead. The alleged ax carrier was pronounced dead in hospital.

A man accused of carrying an ax through a Compton mall was shot dead by a Los Angeles County deputy. (FOX 11)

The axes were recovered from the scene, LASD said.

Officials did not say what happened to the victim in the alleged ax attack. The identity of the suspect was not released Thursday evening.

It is not known if the suspect is wanted for other crimes.