Crime & Justice

Lancaster man shot dead by sheriff during a bicycle stop

Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.
Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.
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A man stopped while riding a bicycle in northern Los Angeles County was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies following a short foot chase.

Sheriff's Lt. Kim Unland says the shooting happened after the bicyclist was pulled over in Lancaster late Saturday night for not having a headlamp on the bike.

Unland says the suspect took off on foot and ignored the deputies' commands to stop.

Sunday the coroner's office identified the man as Christian Cobian, 26, who deputies say is a felon who moved to Lancaster from Inglewood where he was involved in gang-related activities.

Officials claim Cobian reached towards his waistband while they chased him which prompted them to fire, fearing he was going for a weapon.

The suspect died at the scene. No weapon has yet to be found.

"He never had nothing. He had nothing," the Cobian's mother cried as she told ABC7. "He never did nothing to nobody."

Officials say there was a warrant for Cobian's arrest on a narcotics violation.