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LAPD searches for fatal pepper-spray man on bus running Koreatown

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has released a photo and launched a search for a man believed to have used pepper spray during an altercation with a man in his 60s, who later died after being pepper-sprayed on a bus through LA Koreatown.

The LAPD released a photo of a man captured by security cameras on an L.A. Metro bus on February 24, indicating they are seeking to speak with the individual involved in a fight that resulted in death.

“The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide detectives are currently overseeing this case and are seeking to speak with the other individual involved in the altercation. This individual, who did not stay at the scene to meet with law enforcement, is described as a male, Black, in his 30s, wearing black attire and rainbow-colored shoes.”

Authorities have not labeled the Black man as a suspect and explained that the cause of death could not be determined pending an autopsy and related investigations.

A photo of a man in his 30s has been released by the Los Angeles Police Department in connection with the death of a passenger on a bus. [Courtesy of LAPD]
Police are withholding the identity of the deceased man. He was found inside a bus stopped at the intersection of Western Avenue and Olympic Boulevard at about 10:49 p.m. on February 22.

According to witness accounts, the man reportedly died after being pepper-sprayed by a Black man who had been involved in an altercation with him.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 213-382-9470.

BY SUAH JANG, JUNHAN PARK    [jang.suah@koreadaily.com]