Officer Fatally Shoots Man in Bel-Air

The shooting took place about one block from Hotel Bel-Air

By Andrew Lopez and Reggie Kumar
|  Sunday, Nov 17, 2013  |  Updated 11:27 PM PDT
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Police fatally shot gun-wielding man as he stood on the balcony of his Bel-Air home, just one block from Hotel Bel-Air. Neighbors say the man was a 75-year-old Vietnam veteran. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

Police fatally shot gun-wielding man as he stood on the balcony of his Bel-Air home, just one block from Hotel Bel-Air. Neighbors say the man was a 75-year-old Vietnam veteran. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

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A man who allegedly threatened a utility worker with a gun in Bel-Air was shot and killed by an officer Sunday morning, officials said.

Officers arrived about 4 a.m. to the 1200 block of Stone Canyon Road after receiving calls from a utility worker claiming he was confronted by a man with a handgun, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A gas company employee came to the home for a possible gas leak, and when he arrived, the man came outside armed with a handgun, said LAPD Officer Gus Villanueva.

The man held the gun to the worker's head, Villanueva said.

When authorities arrived, the man came onto a balcony of the home armed with a shotgun, Villanueva said. An officer shot the man as he was standing on the balcony, he said.

Neighbors identified the man as Robert Bandler, a 75-year-old Vietnam veteran.

"He was a sweet man," neighbor Bran Lawson said.

The shooting took place about one block from Hotel Bel-Air.

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