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Sword-wielding man killed by deputy outside California school

LOS ANGELES — A sword-wielding man was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy Wednesday after running from police and climbing over a fence surrounding a high school, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean said no students or faculty were targeted or injured in the shooting, which occurred outside Esteban Torres High School in unincorporated East Los Angeles.

Deputies were called to a home shortly after 8:30 a.m. for a family disturbance and a restraining order violation, Dean said. A man, who was alleged to have violated the restraining order, was holding the 3-foot long sword outside the home and ignored deputies’ commands to drop the weapon.

The man took off running, Dean said, and the chase ended inside the high school’s fenced campus around 9:10 a.m., which is less than a mile from the home. The man, still holding the sword, had climbed over the fence to get onto the school grounds.

The man advanced toward a deputy and continued ignoring instructions to drop the weapon, Dean said. One deputy opened fire; it was not clear how many times the deputy shot at the man.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. No deputies were injured.

Students were in class at the time of the shooting, but some of them may have witnessed it, officials said.

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