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News Release

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Media Relations

Suspect Points Semi-Automatic Handgun at Officers Resulting in Officer-Involved Shooting NR11442ne

Los Angeles:  An officer-involved shooting occurred after a man pointed a gun at officers in South Los Angeles.

On September 18, 2011, around 10:50 p.m., 77th Patrol Division Special Problems Unit officers responded to a radio call of a loud party in the 1000 block of West 53rd Street.  When officers arrived they saw several individuals in the vicinity and attempted to talk to a male Black in his 40’s.  At that moment the male black immediately took off running and appeared to be reaching repeatedly for his pockets as he ran from the officers.  The officers went into a foot pursuit and followed the individual for over 150 yards into the 1100 block of 53rd Street.  The suspect produced a handgun and pointed it at the officers at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.

Los Angeles Fire Paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.

A loaded semi-automatic handgun and narcotics were recovered at the scene.  No officers were injured.

Force Investigation Division personnel responded and are investigating the officer involved shooting.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 77th Street Detectives at 213-485-4175.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.