CALABASAS – Police Thursday are continuing their investigation of the fatal shooting of a machete-wielding man who was shot during a confrontation with Los Angeles Police Department officers in Calabasas.
Police were called at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday to 23400 block of West Calabasas Road and Mulholland Drive regarding an assault with a deadly weapon, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.
Upon their arrival, officers located the man — identified the county Medical Examiner as Benjamin Pritchard — who had been armed with a machete and allegedly attacked someone in the parking lot of a McDonald’s, police said. Pritchard then ran to the nearby Sagebrush Cantina restaurant, where he was confronted by officers, allegedly while carrying a knife and a bottle, police said.
The suspect, who the LAPD said was in his mid-50s, was taken to a hospital, where he later died, ABC7 reported.
It was not immediately clear what led up to the shooting.
Police recovered the machete and a knife at the scene.
Eisenman said no officers were injured.