Investigators said Friday they hadn’t been able to find a gun that Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said a man pointed at them before they fatally shot him.
Two deputies fired on the man, 31-year-old Donta Taylor, on Thursday night in Compton, sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch said Friday.
He said the deputies had pulled up alongside Taylor, who was standing on a corner, and tried to speak with him. The deputies reported that Taylor immediately pulled a gun and began running.
A foot pursuit ensued. The deputies said Taylor pointed the gun at one of them, and that’s when they shot him.
Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputies were not hurt.
Uniformed personnel, detectives and a police dog all have been searching for a gun in a wash near the shooting. By late Friday afternoon, no gun had been found on or near Taylor or in the wash.
Jauch said the search would continue with metal detectors “until we’re comfortable that we’ve exhausted all resources and leads.”
He said so far, nothing has been ruled out, including that Taylor didn’t have a gun.
“We want the truth,” Jauch said. “Every piece of evidence that can help us get to the truth is important, and because deputies said he pointed a gun, we’d love to find that gun.”
The deputies weren’t wearing body cameras, their patrol car has no dash camera, and investigators haven’t found any surveillance video that would have captured the shooting.
Investigators were looking for witnesses to the shooting.
They asked that anyone finding a gun in the area to leave it alone and immediately call the sheriff’s department.
The shooting is being investigated by the sheriff’s homicide and internal affairs bureaus, as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.