Parolee shot and killed by West Covina police identified

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WEST COVINA, Calif. (KNX) — Authorities released the identity of a man on Wednesday who was fatally shot by West Covina police earlier in the week.

The incident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. on Monday in a parking lot in the 700 block of North Sunset Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Joseph Burciaga, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wanted for on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, as well as an outstanding warrant for parole violation.

Officers with the West Covina Police Department assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service saw Bruciaga inside a car in the parking lot. As they approached him, he exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

"As the officers attempted to detain the suspect, he produced a firearm," prompting the shooting, Deputy Eva Jimenez of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau said. "The suspect was struck multiple times in the upper torso and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.”

No officers were injured during the encounter.

Sheriff's detectives are assisting West Covina police in the investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or submitted at

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