Security guard shoots, kills man after altercation at Home Depot in South Los Angeles

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner
A man is dead after he was shot by a security guard at a Home Depot in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles on Sunday.

The man, identified by the Los Angeles Times as 30-year-old Carlos Lara Jr., was involved in an altercation outside the store at about 1:20 p.m., according to Officer Miller of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The security guard tried to detain Lara before he tried to escape, then fired multiple rounds, Miller said.

The Times said Lara was trying to drive away from the store in the 1800 block of Slauson Avenue when the security guard opened fire, striking him at least once. Lara was declared dead at the scene.

A man was fatally shot at a South Los Angeles Home Depot on Feb. 11, 2024. (OnScene.TV)

Officer Lopez said the security guard is a man in his 40s and confirmed that the alleged assault involved a third party, not the security guard.

The guard was detained and questioned, but not arrested or charged with a crime.

The person who Lara allegedly assaulted was hospitalized for their injuries, the Times reports.

Sofia Pop Perez and Alberto Mendez contributed to this report.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.