An off-duty reserve Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon after the officer thought the man was attempting to rob him at a Covina Carl's Jr. restaurant, Covina police said.
Covina police told NBC Los Angeles the man allegedly brandished a gun, and the reserve officer thought he was attempting to rob him.
"When he was waiting for food he was confronted by the subject. The subject brandished a weapon at him. He was fearful of a robbery so he drew his own weapon and fired several times," Sgt. Gregg Peterson of Covina Police said.
Police say witnesses ran outside after the shooting and others hid in a bathroom.
The officer was OK, according to the Covina Police Department. Officers recovered a handgun from the man who died at the scene.