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News Release

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Officer Involved Shooting in 77th NR13552an


Updated:  The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Mathew Casalicchio.

Los Angeles: On Friday, December 27, 2013, around 8:15 p.m., officers from the 77th Street Division received a radio call of a prowler with a gun in the 1300 block of West 50th Street in Los Angeles.

When officers arrived at the location, citizens told the officers the suspect ran between the houses in a northerly direction. The responding officers requested additional units to set up a perimeter in an effort to find the prowler with a gun.

After a brief search of the surrounding area an individual was detained in the area of 47th Street and Raymond, a few blocks north of the original call.  It was not known if the detained individual was involved in the original prowler call.

The officers who initially responded to the radio call returned to the residence to check the property for evidence of a burglary and a possible gun since the suspect being detained had no gun on him.  

The officers walked to the rear of the residence in the 1300 block of West 50th Street to check the area.  While checking the rear of the location the officers were confronted with a man with a gun and an officer involved shooting occurred.

The man with the gun was struck in the elbow and transported to a local hospital for treatment. The officers were not injured during the incident.

A loaded revolver was recovered from within the garage.

Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the incident and will be handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and The 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 call Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (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.