VIDEO: Auto Zone robbery suspect shot by police reached for his gun

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the suspect was shot in the left eye.  He was actually shot in the left thigh.

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The man shot and injured by Metro Police on Saturday is identified as 20-year-old Steven Aguirre.

During a Wednesday news briefing, police said Aguirre was a suspect in an Auto Zone armed robbery and was shot when he reached for his gun.

The shooting happened near around 10 p.m. near Eastern Avenue and Robindale Road.

Aguirre is currently hospitalized.

According to Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman, officers issued verbal commands at gunpoint for Aguirre to put his hands up, turn around and get on his knees. Video from officers’ body worn cameras shows Aguirre complying.

“When Aguirre was on the ground, he attempted standing up and pulling his firearm out holster on his right hip. Officer (Darko) Milanovic fired one round striking Aguirre in the left thigh,” Assistant Sheriff Zimmerman said.

He said Aguirre’s gun belonged to his grandfather who is retired from LAPD and is currently out of the country.

Police have also linked Aguirre to a break-in that happened earlier in the evening at a nearby Boys & Girls Club. 

Aguirre is facing 2 counts of robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, 1 count of burglary with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the suspect was shot in the left eye.  He was actually shot in the left thigh.

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