Coroner ID’s man killed in deputy-involved shooting outside Macy’s

First responders lift caution tape surrounding the scene of a shooting Wednesday by the entrance to the Macy's at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall as a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy is transported from the scene of a shooting via ambulance. The deputy sustained injuries during a physical confrontation with a suspect prior to the shooting, according to officials. Perry Smith/The Signal

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has identified a man who was shot and killed by a deputy after an altercation in front of the Macy’s at the Valencia mall. 

Christopher Lee Mercurio, 50, who was identified by the coroner’s office as a transient, was shot outside the department store at Westfield Valencia Town Center around 10:50 p.m. Jan. 10. 

Officials with the Sheriff’s Information Bureau indicated that deputies responded to the scene after receiving a report that someone was trespassing. One of the deputies who responded got into a physical altercation with Mercurio, which preceded the shooting, according to Deputy Brenda Serna of SIB. 

A Nixle release from the Sheriff’s Department indicated the deputy was taken to a local hospital, treated and released as of 6:35 a.m. the morning after the shooting. 

An email Friday from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau referred further inquiry — including the deputy’s status within the department — to the California Department of Justice. 

The state’s Department of Justice, which looks into all officer-involved shootings of unarmed individuals by mandate of Assembly Bill 1506, has an open investigation into the shooting listed on its website:  

A representative with the Department of Justice was not immediately available Friday to answer questions regarding the status of the agency’s investigation. 

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