Santa Monica Police Department officers shot a man after he produced a handgun while fleeing an alleged attempted murder Sunday night.

Officers heard two gunshots from the end of Bay Street near Santa Monica State Beach and found a man who had just shot into an occupied vehicle, said SMPD Lt. Candice Cobarrubias. Officers pursued the man after he did not comply with their commands and fled on foot, running southwest onto the beach. He produced a handgun while running and officers fired at him, Cobarrubias said.

Cobarrubias said a preliminary investigation indicates the man died after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Victims inside the occupied vehicle were not struck by gunfire or injured in the incident, Cobarrubias said.

She added the investigation is ongoing and SMPD will provide further information at a later time.

SMPD officers shot an armed burglary suspect in September at 11th and Pine streets and a man resisting arrest in July at 10th Street and Pacific Avenue. Neither shooting was fatal.

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  1. The opening sentence in your story says “Santa Monica Police officers shot a man…” then you say the man died after suffering a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Which one was it?? Get your story straight – or is it the police that need to get their story straight?

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