A knife-wielding man who had just attacked a victim with a machete was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers outside the popular Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. The shooting occurred on Wednesday around 7:40 p.m. when police responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon in the 23300 block of Avenue San Luis, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The gunman, who remains unidentified, had allegedly assaulted another person with a machete in a nearby McDonald’s parking lot. The victim managed to disarm the attacker, who then grabbed a knife. Responding officers found the man fleeing the scene with the knife.
The man proceeded towards the open Sagebrush Cantina restaurant on Calabasas Road, which had customers inside at the time. The LAPD stated that as the suspect entered the restaurant’s parking lot area, they deployed a taser in an attempt to subdue him. However, the taser proved ineffective. The officers tried to tase the man a second time, but he moved to the restaurant’s patio.
At one point, the man turned and faced the officers while still armed with the knife. Subsequently, an officer-involved shooting occurred, resulting in the suspect being struck by gunfire. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. No officers were harmed during the incident.
The Sagebrush Cantina, a popular Mexican restaurant that has been in operation since 1974, is located in old town Calabasas, just south of the 101 Freeway. It serves thousands of customers per week.